Thursday, February 25, 2016

An Ancient Concept of Sport in Modern Perspective

SPORT is a comprehensive term used commonly at different occasions with different shades of meaning e.g. competitive sport, traditional sport, kinder sport, aqua sport, aero sport, adventure sport, winter sport. Concept of the term ‘sport’ can be formed on the basis of specific characteristics found common in all these activities labeled as sport. 
Enjoyability:  All sportive activities are enjoyable. Participant participates in sport voluntarily because it gives him pleasure. Similarly, millions of people witness matches in stadium or through electronic media. Why? because of the inherent principle of pleasure present in it.  Sport may be individual type or a group activity, remains always enjoyable. So, while formulating concept of sport, the principle of enjoyability is considered on priority.

Conference on Sports: Economic, Management, Marketing & Social Aspects

 The 16th Annual International Conference on Sports: Economic, Management, Marketing & Social Aspects, will be held May 9-12, 2016, in 9-12 in Athens, Greece.

Abstract deadline:  March 7, 2016. 

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

IAPS at APA: Defining Sport

This year's IAPS session at the Central APA meeting in Chicago is featuring three papers that tackle issues in defining the concept of 'sport'. I hope to see you there! 

Time: Saturday, March 5: 12:15–2:15 p.m

Topic: Defining Sport

Chair: Shawn E. Klein (Arizona State University)

  • Chad Carlson (Hope College) “A Three-Pointer: Revisiting Three Crucial Issues in the ‘Tricky Triad’ of Play, Games, and Sport”
  • Francisco Javier López Frías (Pennsylvania State University) “Broad Internalism and Interpretation: A Plurality of Interpretivist Approaches”
  • Kevin Schieman (United States Military Academy) “Hopscotch Dreams: Rectifying Our Conceptual Understanding of Sport with Its Cultural Significance”

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Should I Let My Kid Play American Football?

In Super Bowl 50, Panthers WR Corey Brown and Broncos LB Shaquil Barrett were removed from the game because they suffered concussions. Many others likely suffered subconcussive impacts to their heads during the course of the big game. There is continuing controversy about how the NFL has and is handling these issues. In a press conference leading up to the game, Commissioner Roger Goodell said that “If I had a son I’d love to have him play the game of football because of the values you get. There’s risk in life. There’s risk to sitting on the couch.”

Of widespread concern to many is the potential for long-term brain injuries for the millions of American children who play football. More high school athletes play football than any other sport. This trend may not last, however. Pop Warner, the largest youth football organization in the United States, is seeing a steady decline in the numbers of its participants due to fears about head injuries.
This leads to an important ethical question for parents: Should I let my kid play football?