Contribution to Book
Sport SciencesSelected Theories in Social Science Research (2015)
AbstractThe impact of sport as a mass phenomenon that reaches out to almost everywhere is highly visible on many levels of society. Athletes become celebrities and enter the households of millions, mega sport events boost economies and sport is promoted as a viable way to improve health and peace. The recent scientification of sport unveiled its multiple realities and new disciplines within the broad area of sport science, acknowledging its influence in a growing number of sectors. Hence, it is no surprise that sport science is an interdisciplinary field of study that utilizes and adapts theories from the natural and social sciences in order to guide research and build knowledge. In this chapter, popular and widely used theories of sport sociology, sport psychology and sport management will be presented and further narrated in order to provide a snapshot of the diverse approaches used to unveil, understand, explain and influence sport as a system that involves billions of protagonists on multiple levels. These theories have been chosen because they are relevant in the broad area of sports with outreach to other parts of society. This chapter will first introduce theories from sport sociology starting with macro-level theories, continuing with meso- and micro-level approaches to a history-based theory widely unknown outside of Europe. Four sport psychology and one sport management approach will complete this chapter on sport and its theories.
Publication DateWinter January, 2015
EditorA. Idris, S. Moghavvemi & G. Musa
PublisherUniversity of Malaya Press
Citation InformationAndre M Müller, Selina Khoo and Mahdi Esfahani. "Sport Sciences" Kuala LumpurSelected Theories in Social Science Research (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/andre_muller/6/