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Sport in Capitalist Society

A Short History

Author: Tony Collins

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135081980

Category: History

Page: 192

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Why are the Olympic Games the driving force behind a clampdown on civil liberties? What makes sport an unwavering ally of nationalism and militarism? Is sport the new opiate of the masses? These and many other questions are answered in this new radical history of sport by leading historian of sport and society, Professor Tony Collins. Tracing the history of modern sport from its origins in the burgeoning capitalist economy of mid-eighteenth century England to the globalised corporate sport of today, the book argues that, far from the purity of sport being ‘corrupted’ by capitalism, modern sport is as much a product of capitalism as the factory, the stock exchange and the unemployment line. Based on original sources, the book explains how sport has been shaped and moulded by the major political and economic events of the past two centuries, such as the French Revolution, the rise of modern nationalism and imperialism, the Russian Revolution, the Cold War and the imposition of the neo-liberal agenda in the last decades of the twentieth century. It highlights the symbiotic relationship between the media and sport, from the simultaneous emergence of print capitalism and modern sport in Georgian England to the rise of Murdoch’s global satellite television empire in the twenty-first century, and for the first time it explores the alternative, revolutionary models of sport in the early twentieth century. Sport in a Capitalist Society is the first sustained attempt to explain the emergence of modern sport around the world as an integral part of the globalisation of capitalism. It is essential reading for anybody with an interest in the history or sociology of sport, or the social and cultural history of the modern world.

Sports Data Mining

Author: Robert P. Schumaker,Osama K. Solieman,Hsinchun Chen

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781441967305

Category: Computers

Page: 138

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Data mining is the process of extracting hidden patterns from data, and it’s commonly used in business, bioinformatics, counter-terrorism, and, increasingly, in professional sports. First popularized in Michael Lewis’ best-selling Moneyball: The Art of Winning An Unfair Game, it is has become an intrinsic part of all professional sports the world over, from baseball to cricket to soccer. While an industry has developed based on statistical analysis services for any given sport, or even for betting behavior analysis on these sports, no research-level book has considered the subject in any detail until now. Sports Data Mining brings together in one place the state of the art as it concerns an international array of sports: baseball, football, basketball, soccer, greyhound racing are all covered, and the authors (including Hsinchun Chen, one of the most esteemed and well-known experts in data mining in the world) present the latest research, developments, software available, and applications for each sport. They even examine the hidden patterns in gaming and wagering, along with the most common systems for wager analysis.
Sports & Recreation

Advances in Applied Sport Psychology

A Review

Author: Stephen Mellalieu,Sheldon Hanton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134061919

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 368

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Advances in Applied Sport Psychology aims to bridge the gap between research and practice in contemporary sport psychology. Now available in paperback, the book draws together reviews of cutting edge research in key areas of applied sport psychology, assesses the implications of this research for current practice, and explores future avenues of research within each thematic area. This book surveys the scientific literature underpinning the most important skills and techniques employed in contemporary sport psychology, examining key topics such as: imagery goal setting self-talk stress management team building efficacy management attention control emotion regulation mental toughness. Representing the most up-to-date review of current scientific research, theory and practice in sport psychology, this book is a vital resource for all advanced students, researchers and practitioners working with athletes and sports performers.

Prevention of Injuries and Overuse in Sports

Directory for Physicians, Physiotherapists, Sport Scientists and Coaches

Author: Hermann O. Mayr,Stefano Zaffagnini

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3662477068

Category: Medical

Page: 172

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​This book, published in cooperation with ESSKA, is a comprehensive, evidence-based manual on the prevention of injuries and overuse in sports that will assist physicians, physiotherapists, and trainers in providing excellent mental and physical guidance to athletes. The causes of overuse and sports injuries are carefully analyzed, explaining the medical basis for prevention. In addition, detailed attention is paid to the relationship between sport motivation, risk willingness, tendency to overload, and tendency to increased risk of injury. The reader is effectively trained in mental and physical analysis of the athlete and will gain an appreciation of the influence of the athlete’s environment on susceptibility to injury. Gender-specific differences and the specific risks faced by children and adolescents are identified, and very popular sports such as soccer, alpine skiing, and throwing sports are discussed in individual chapters. Training schedules of value in the context of particular physiotherapeutic and medical interventions are described with the help of illustrations and charts. The authors are team physicians, coaches, sports scientists, training scientists, and physiotherapists involved in high-performance sports and recreational sports.
Computer games

1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die

Author: Tony Mott

Publisher: Pier 9

ISBN: 9781743369104

Category: Computer games

Page: 960

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In fewer than fifty years video games have become one of the most popular forms of entertainment. But which are the best games, the ones you must play? Tony Mott, editor of popular gaming magazine Edge, presents 1001 of the best video games from around the world, from Donkey Kong to Doom, and from Frogger to Final Fantasy. Covering everything from old favourites to those breaking new ground, these are the games that should not be missed.
Juvenile Nonfiction


Author: David Abbott

Publisher: Britannica Digital Learning

ISBN: 1615356398

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

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In Pakistan, you will learn that Pakistan occupies a very important strategic position on the world map and has been shaped by its relations with its neighbors and other powerful nations. It is a country where extremism competes with moderation in terms of climate, geography, religion, politics, wealth, and poverty.
Sports & Recreation

Dynamic Taekwondo

A Martial Art & Olympic Sport

Author: Kyong Myong Lee

Publisher: Hollym International

ISBN: 9781565910621

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 142

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Provides a guide to the Korean martial art, including its history, philosophy, and basic movements
Sports & Recreation

The Global Sporting Arms Race

An International Comparative Study on Sports Policy Factors Leading to International Sporting Success

Author: Veerle De Bosscher,Jerry Bingham,Simon Shibli

Publisher: Meyer & Meyer Verlag

ISBN: 1841262285

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 173

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Over the last few decades, the power struggle between nations to win medals in major international competitions has intensified. This has led to sporting organizations and governments the world over spending ever increasing sums of money on elite sports. In spite of increased funding, competition, and the homogenisation of elite sports systems, the optimum strategy for delivering international success is still unclear. This volume presents an international comparison of elite sports policies in six nations (Belgium, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, and the United Kingdom). Drawing on research involving more than 1,400 athletes, coaches, and performance directors at the highest levels, it seeks to evaluate and compare over 100 factors that lead to international sporting success.

The Elite Young Athlete

Author: Neil Armstrong,Alison M. McManus

Publisher: Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers

ISBN: 3805595506

Category: Medical

Page: 205

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A key resource for coaches, scientists and clinicians Sport is by its nature competitive and even during youth it is performed at different levels with elite young athletes at the top of the performance pyramid. A coordinated series of comprehensive, research-based reviews on factors underlying the performance of children and adolescents involved in competitive sport is presented in this volume. Leading exercise and sport scientists provide the latest information on the physiology of young elite athletes, the essential role of nutrition, and the effects of endurance, high-intensity and high-resistance training and overtraining as well as on the importance of laboratory and field-based monitoring of young athletes' performances. Further, thermoregulation and environmental factors that might affect performance are re-viewed. Finally, strategies for preventing sudden cardiac death and the diagnosis and management of common sport injuries in young athletes are discussed. The book provides up-to-date, evidence-based information for sports scientists, coaches, physiotherapists, pediatric sports medicine specialists, and other professionals involved in supporting elite young athletes.

Mr. Punch on Tour

Author: J. Hammerton,Nancy Baker

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781537150871


Page: 158

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An excellent humor book for individuals who are looking for the best one to read.
Sports & Recreation

The Rás

The Story of Ireland's Unique Bike Race

Author: Tom Daly

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781848891487

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 342

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This book captures the spirit and essence of the Ras, the Irish National bicycle race, it's historical significance, and its place in Irish sporting history.
Sports & Recreation

Golfing in Ireland

The Most Complete Guide for Adventurous Golfers

Author: Rob Armstrong

Publisher: Pelican Publishing

ISBN: 9781589804883

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 352

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Ireland is Europeï s hottest golfing destination and one of the most popular golf venues for Americans eager to sample the emerald links. In his third edition, Armstrong revisits old courses that have undergone revision or expansion and uncovers the best of Irelandï s new golf clubs. He also reviews several new hotels and restaurants that cater to golfers and are near some of Irelandï s finest fairways. Courses designed by such golf greats as Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Tom Watson are included.
Social Science

The Fighting Irish

Inside the Ring with Boxing's Celtic Warriors

Author: Roger Anderson

Publisher: Mainstream Publishing Company

ISBN: 9781840187557

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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The Fighting Irish tells the remarkable story of how the Irish and their descendents took the boxing world by storm. Irishmen have enjoyed a unique place in the sport, punching way above their weight and exerting a truly global influence. From the brutal bare-knuckle era to the present day, they've also played their part in many of the most famous - and infamous - moments in ring history.The French have their flamboyance, the Germans efficiency, but no one likes a scrap quite like the Irish. It's hardly surprising then, that the boxer should become a source of national pride, not least for those people forced through famine to seek a new life in the new world. John Morrissey, Yankee Sullivan, John C. Heenan and Paddy Ryan paved the way for the sport's first superstar, John L. Sullivan. His boast that he could 'lick any son-of-a-bitch in the house' tapped into the mood of a people fighting for their place in America's melting pot of immigrants. From the brazen Boston Strong Boy-to-Gentleman Jim Corbett, legend of the 'Roaring Twenties' Jack Dempsey, through to James J. Braddock, who fought his way from the Welfare queue to the heavyweight championship of the world, satisfaction was guaranteed. The Fighting Irish also looks at that glorious era of ethnic match-ups when Irishman and Jew traded blows; at racism and the search for the Great White Hope; fighters who united the most divided of communities; and the ultimate price paid by some in the pursuit of ring glory. It's a roller coaster ride of pride and passion, raw courage and sublime skill. McLarnin, McGuigan, McAuliffe, McCullough, Corbett, Cooney, Conn, Monaghan and Micky Ward - each distinctive, yet linked by the Celtic warrior culture. The Fighting Irish is the ultimate tale of trial and tribulation, trag
Sports & Recreation

Playing Hard Ball

County Cricket and Big League Baseball

Author: E.T. Smith

Publisher: Abacus

ISBN: 0349140952

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

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PLAYING HARD BALL is a unique sports book, a cultural comparison of two national games - cricket, English in origin and American baseball - written from the viewpoint of a top-class practitioner of both codes. Ed Smith - the young Cambridge University and Kent batsman - has spent the winters since 1998 in Spring Training with the New York Mets baseball team. It has enabled Ed to contrast and compare arguably the two most iconic of sports from the inside. In fact, baseball had a thriving following in Britain until the Great War: Derby County's former stadium was called the Baseball Ground; Tottenham Hotspur was at first a baseball club. Apart from learning two very different techniques, Ed learned that the sports' ultimate heroes, the Babe and the Don - Babe Ruth and Don Bradman - might as well have come from different planets, whilst baseball's pristine Hall of Fame in Cooperstown is a far cry from the ramshackle cricket museum at Lord's. Ed Smith's PLAYING HARD BALL draws on these intriguing comparisons to paint a two-sided portrait of sports most illustrous 'hitting games'.

Games for People with Sensory Impairments

Strategies for Including Individuals of All Ages

Author: Lauren J. Lieberman,Jim F. Cowart

Publisher: Human Kinetics 1

ISBN: 9780873228909

Category: Education

Page: 145

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"This practical new reference provides teachers and recreation specialists with 70 ready-to-use games that people with sensory impairments - both visual and hearing - can play. Games for People With Sensory Impairments makes it easy to select and modify games and activities for players of all ages and ability levels." "Fifteen of the country's best practitioners have submitted their most successful group activities for this how-to guide. Using photos from actual physical education classes, the authors show how to evaluate and adapt these games and activities to any group. The book is designed for people who work with students or adults who are visually impaired, deaf, deaf-blind, or visually impaired with other disabilities. But the activities are also appropriate for people without disabilities. Plus a handy "Game Finder" helps you speedily locate and select appropriate games." "Written by two authorities in the field of adapted physical education, Games for People With Sensory Impairments shows you how to apply proven techniques to help people of all ages reach their full potential for fun and fitness."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Olympic Dreams

China and Sports, 1895-2008

Author: Guoqi XU,Guoqi Xu

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674045424

Category: History

Page: 392

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Already the world has seen the political, economic, and cultural significance of hosting the 2008 Olympics in Beijing—in policies instituted and altered, positions softened, projects undertaken. But will the Olympics make a lasting difference? This book approaches questions about the nature and future of China through the lens of sports—particularly as sports finds its utmost international expression in the Olympics.
Sports & Recreation

Training the Body for China

Sports in the Moral Order of the People's Republic

Author: Susan Brownell

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226076478

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 393

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Competing in the 1986 National College Games of the People's Republic of China, Susan Brownell earned both a gold medal in the heptathlon and fame throughout China as "the American girl who won glory for Beijing University." Now an anthropologist, Brownell draws on her direct experience of Chinese athletics in this fascinating look at the culture of sports and the body in China. Training the Body for China is the first book on Chinese sports based on extended fieldwork by a Westerner. Brownell introduces the notion of "body culture" to analyze Olympic sports as one element in a whole set of Chinese body practices: the "old people's disco dancing" craze, the new popularity of bodybuilding (following reluctant official acceptance of the bikini), mass calisthenics, martial arts, military discipline, and more. Translating official and dissident materials into English for the first time and drawing on performance theory and histories of the body, Brownell uses the culture of the body as a focal point to explore the tensions between local and global organizations, the traditional and the modern, men and women. Her intimate knowledge of Chinese social and cultural life and her wide range of historic examples make Training the Body for China a unique illustration of how gender, the body, and the nation are interlinked in Chinese culture.
Sports & Recreation

Sport and Physical Education in China

Author: Robin Jones,James (Jim) Riordan

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1135814325

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 280

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Written by a number of expert scholars from around the world, including China itself, with the aim of extending knowledge and taking the cross-cultural study of PE and sport beyond the descriptive level, this book provides unique and up to date material. Subjects covered include: *ancient and modern history *structure, administration and finance *PE in schools and colleges *elite sport *sport science and medicine *gender issues. Anyone wishing to gain an insight into the PE and sporting experience of Chinese citizens both in historical and contemporary society will find this book essential reading. It is an indispensable resource for students taking comparative sport studies courses, sports historians, and academics with a general interest in the cross-cultural field.