Health and Elite Sport is the first book to critically examine the relationship between participation in high performance sport and health outcomes. Drawing on theory and empirical data from a wide range of disciplines, including sociology, developmental psychology, epidemiology, and physical education, the book explores the benefits and detriments of participation in elite sport for both individuals (athletes, coaches, spectators) and communities.
Written by a team of leading international sport researchers, the book examines key issues including:
- Talent identification and young athletes
- Abuse in sport
- Positive youth development through sport
- Athlete health in periods of transition
- Health, sport and the family
- Health in professional sport
- The Olympics, Paralympics and public health
- Long term effects of participation in elite sport
Highlighting the connections and contradictions between high performance sport and health, the book also discusses the clear and important implications for our socio-cultural, political and developmental understanding of sport. Health and Elite Sport is fascinating and important reading for all students and researchers with an interest in youth sport, sports development, sport policy, sports coaching, exercise and health, physical education, the sociology of sport, or the sociology of health.
Foreword (Bruce Kidd) Chapter 1. Sport and health of the high performance athlete: An introduction to the text (Parissa Safai, Jessica Fraser-Thomas and Joseph Baker) Part 1: Health and the developing elite athlete Chapter 2. Personal development and performance? Exploring positive youth development in elite sport contexts (Jessica Fraser-Thomas and Leisa Strachan) Chapter 3. Talent identification and development: The impact on athlete health? (Fieke Rongen, Stephen Cobley, Jim McKenna and Kevin Till) Chapter 4. Health and the athletic family (Edward Cope, Stephen Harvey and David Kirk) Chapter 5. Injury risk and long-term effects of injury in elite youth sports (Tanis J. Hastmann and Dennis J. Caine) Part 2: Elite sport participation over the lifecourse Chapter 6. In the name of performance: Threats, belittlement, and degradation (Ashley Stirling and Gretchen Kerr) Chapter 7. Transitional challenges and elite athletes’ mental health (Paul Wylleman, Nathalie Rosier and Paul De Knop) Chapter 8. Sport and longevity: Does being an elite athlete result in longer life? (Joseph Baker, Nick Wattie and Srdjan Lemez) Chapter 9. An early grave or the fountain of youth: Sport and the malleability of chronological age (James Gillett, Alison Ross and Amanda Switzer) Part 3: From self to society: Select topics on the elite sport-health question Chapter 10. 'To thine own self be true’: Sports work, mental illness and the problem of authenticity (Martin Roderick and Ben Gibbons) Chapter 11. Pushing towards excellence: Is Paralympic sport a healthy pursuit? (P. David Howe) Chapter 12. Re-imagining the urban citizen: Leveraging physical cultural legacies (Amanda De Lisio, Inge Derom, and Robert VanWynsberghe) Chapter 13. The Olympic movement, sport and health (Louise Mansfield and Dominic Malcolm)