1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Sport and COVID-19

Edited By Stephen Frawley, Nico Schulenkorf Copyright 2023
    408 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines the initial impact of the coronavirus pandemic on global sport and the varying consequences of the sport shutdown on all levels of society. It also considers the many lessons that have been learnt so that sport stakeholders can successfully adjust and operate under the "new normal."

    Featuring authors, cases and examples from around the world, the book explores the impact of COVID-19 on sport at all levels, from community sport – where local clubs, gyms and development programmes had to find ways to survive with pitches closed and projects cancelled – to the major professional sport leagues and sport mega-events, with events postponed and teams playing in empty stadia. It considers the economic, social and developmental impacts of the pandemic, including physical, mental and social wellbeing, and looks at how key professional and community sport organisations have reacted to the crisis, reflecting on the lessons learnt and preparations for future pandemics and challenges of similar size and significance. 

    With COVID-19 now endemic in the global population, this is an essential reference for anybody working in sport, from students and researchers to managers, policymakers and development officers.

    Part I – Sport and the Pandemic: Setting the Scene 

    1          COVID-19 and Sport: Setting the Scene

                Stephen Frawley and Nico Schulenkorf 

    2          COVID-19 and the Sport Sector

                Lee Edmondson, Themis Kokolakakis, Shia Ping Kung and Ryan Storey 

    Part II – COVID-19 and Professional Sport 

    3          COVID-19 and Sport Governing Bodies: Pandemic Disruption

                Jonathan Robertson and Adam Karg 

    4          COVID-19 and Professional Sporting Leagues: North America

                Xiaoan Huang, Chan Hyeon Hur and Nicholas Watanabe 

    5          COVID-19 and Professional Sporting Leagues: European Football

                Daniel Plumley and Rob Wilson 

    6          COVID-19 and Professional Sport Teams: Dealing with the Unexpected

                Michael Naraine and Brandon Mastromartino 

    7          COVID-19 and Professional Athletes

                Michelle Hayes and Jason Doyle 

    8          COVID-19 and the Precarity of Elite Women Athletes

                Darren T Baker, Lewis Whales and Stephen Frawley 

    9          COVID-19 and the Narratives Surrounding Simone Biles and Athlete Mental Health During the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

                Andrea N. Geurin 

    10        COVID-19 and Women’s Professional Sport Pandemic Effects: Mitigating, Manoeuvring and Reimagining?

                Michelle O'Shea, Hazel Maxwell, Sarah Duffy and Martha Lourey-Bird 

    11        COVID-19 and the College Sports Industry

                Steve DeSimone, Victor Matheson and Siobhan Kiernan 

    12        COVID-19 and High-Performance Sport Management: Athletes and Coaches       

                Lisa Gowthorp 

    13        COVID-19 and Sports Consumption

                Daniel Lock and Aravind Reghunathan 

    14        COVID-19 and Sport Sponsorship: Seeing the Silver Lining in Times of Crisis 

                Yiran Su and Heather Kennedy 

    15        COVID-19 and Social Media Use by Sport Organisations

                Stirling Sharpe, Olan Scott and Bo Li 

    16        COVID-19 and Sport Tourism

                Millicent Kennelly 

    17        COVID-19 and Sport Stadia: Managing Large Sport Facilities During a Crisis Like No Other

                Richard Keith Wright, Koji Kobayashi and Thomas Fletcher 

    18        COVID-19 and Esport: Digital Mediation in a Restricted World

                Emily Jane Hayday and Holly Collison 

    19        COVID-19 and the Impact on Sports Betting Markets and Sports Bettors' Mental Health

                Hibai Lopez-Gonzalez and Levi Pérez 

    20        COVID-19 and Sports Law   

                Catherine Ordway and Jack Anderson 

    Part III – COVID-19 and Community Sport 

    21        COVID-19 and Sport and Physical Activity: Specific Effects and the Importance of Home-Based Training and Learning

                Amri Hammami, Sofien Kasmi, Ezdine Bouhlel, Basma Harrabi, George P. Nassis, Magni Mohr and Peter Krustrup 

    22        COVID-19 and the Fitness Industry  

                Lloyd Rothwell 

    23        COVID-19 and Sports Clubs

                Svenja Feiler, Simon Beermann, Kirstin Hallmann and Christoph Breuer 

    24        COVID-19 and the Developmental Aspects and Attributes of Sport

                Tony Rossi, Kat Raw, Andrew Friesen, Tom Patrick and Emma George 

    25        COVID-19 and Sport Education: Youth Sport in the United States of America

                Bri Newland and Matt Bowers 

    26        COVID-19 and Sport-for-Development 

                Marlene A. Dixon, Ashlyn Hardie, Stacy M. Warner, Emmaculate Owiro and Dennis Orek 

    27        COVID-19 and Sport-Related Corporate Social Responsibility

                Christos Anagnostopoulos 

    28        COVID-19 and Disability Sport: Imagining Disability Accessible and Inclusive Sport Management Futures

                Paul J. Kitchin, Andrew M. Hammond, Andrea Bundon, P. David Howe and Simon Darcy 

    29        COVID-19 and Sport Volunteering

                Pam Kappelides, Haley Baxter and Russell Hoye 

    30        COVID-19 and Innovation in Community Sport

                Per G. Svensson 

    Part IV - COVID-19 and Global and National Sport Events 

    31        COVID-19 and Global Sport Events           

               Geoff Dickson, Michael Craw, Richard Ajiee, Melody Johnston and Sean Phelps

    32        COVID-19 and National Sport Events: A Case Study of the Sport Event Logistics for the 2021 Australian Road Nationals Cycling Championships

                Alana Thomson, Kipp Kaufmann, Verity Archer, Abdel Halabi and Josh Ambrosy 

    33        COVID-19 and Sport in South Africa

                Brendon Knott and Janice Hemmonsbey 

    34        COVID-19 and Sport in South America: Resistance, Indignation and Hope

                Luiz Guilherme Burlamaqui and Jorge Knijnik 

    35        COVID-19 and Sport in Japan

                Yoshifumi Bizen and Daichi Oshimi


    Stephen Frawley teaches and researches sport management and Olympic studies at the UTS Business School, University of Technology Sydney, Australia. 

    Nico Schulenkorf is Associate Professor of Sport Management at the UTS Business School, University of Technology Sydney, Australia.