This edited collection includes articles which examine the complex relationships between sport, physical activity and public health. It reflects a current expansion in academic, policy and practice interest in sport and physical activity for public health. Our contributors discuss issues connected to the politics and policy of sport, physical activity and public health by focusing on a range of theoretical themes including evidence and knowledge production, national policies and the political promotion of sport and physical activity for health, sports mega-events and public health, social diversity in community sport for health programming, education and training in physical education and fitness sectors, and critical perspectives on partnership working in sport and public health. Overall, the chapters reflect debate about the motivations of national and local government intervention in policy making on public health that includes the role of sport and / or physical activity, and explores the discussions about the impact that such policy decisions have on people and their communities. This book was originally published as a special issue of the International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Sport, physical activity and public health
Louise Mansfield and Joe Piggin
1. Bodies of knowledge: connecting the evidence bases on physical activity and health inequalities
2. Should we privilege sport for health? The comparative effectiveness of UK Government investment in sport as a public health intervention
3. The State and management of partnership arrangements in France: an analysis of the implementation of the ‘Sport, Health and Well-being’ plan
4. A political spectator sport or policy priority? A review of sport, physical activity and public mental health policy
Andy Smith, Jon Jones, Laura Houghton and Tom Duffell
5. Olympic sport and physical activity promotion: the rise and fall of the London 2012 pre-event mass participation ‘legacy'
Paul Bretherton, Joe Piggin and Guillaume Bodet
6. Group fitness instructors as local level health promoters: a Foucauldian analysis of the politics of health/fitness dynamic
Pirkko Markula and Jocelyn Chikinda
7 Health, physical activity and the body: an inquiry into the lives of female migrant cleaners in Denmark
Verena Lenneis and Gertrud Pfister
8. Are they ‘worth their weight in gold’? Sport for older adults: benefits and barriers of their participation for sporting organisations
Claire R. Jenkin, Rochelle M. Eime, Hans Westerbeek, Grant O’Sullivan and Jannique G. Z. van Uffelen
9 What difference does dance make? Critical conversations across dance, physical activity and public health
Beccy Watson, Brett Lashua and Pip Trevorrow
10. Examining the integration of sport and health promotion: partnership or paradox?
Laura Misener and Katie E. Misener
11 Resourcefulness, reciprocity and reflexivity: the three Rs of partnership in sport for public health research
12. Exercise on referral: evidence and complexity at the nexus of public health and sport policy
E. J. Oliver, C. L. Hanson, I. A. Lindsey and C. J. Dodd-Reynolds
13. The world turned upside down: sport, policy and ageing
Michael Gard and Rylee A. Dionigi
14. The sociopolitics of sport, physical education, and school health in the United States
James D. Ressler, K. Andrew R. Richards and Paul M. Wright
Louise Mansfield, PhD, is Senior Lecturer in Sport, Health and Social Sciences at Brunel University London, UK. Her research focuses on the relationship between sport, physical activity and public health. She is interested in partnership and community approaches to female involvement in physical activity and issues of health, wellbeing, inequality and diversity. She has led research projects for both sport and public health organisations. She sits on the editorial boards for Leisure Studies, Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health and the International Review for the Sociology of Sport.
Joe Piggin, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer at Loughborough University’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences in the UK. Joe’s research covers the areas of sport policy translation into marketing and programmes, health promotion at mega sports events, and physical activity policy.