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Performance Technologies: Reading Athletic Enhancement
     

Performance Technologies: Reading Athletic Enhancement

by Tara Magdalinski
 

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ISBN-10: 0415378761

ISBN-13: 2900415378764

Pub. Date: 12/21/2008

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Modern sport is a contradictory phenomenon; on the one hand an emphasis on citus, altius, fortius (faster, higher, stronger) makes the drive for improved performance paramount. Athletes, their coaches and sports scientists constantly search for techniques, supplements or modifications that will deliver that elusive "edge." Yet at the same time, modern sport is based

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Modern sport is a contradictory phenomenon; on the one hand an emphasis on citus, altius, fortius (faster, higher, stronger) makes the drive for improved performance paramount. Athletes, their coaches and sports scientists constantly search for techniques, supplements or modifications that will deliver that elusive "edge." Yet at the same time, modern sport is based on notions of "fair play," health and physical rejuvenation, a balance between body and mind. The single-minded pursuit of achievement rests uneasily on these traditional foundations, and the application of technologies to the body has often been viewed with particular suspicion. This text explores the controversies associated with sport, technology and the body.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900415378764
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/21/2008
Edition description:
New
Pages:
200

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: The Natural Body
Chapter 3: Enhancing Performance
Chapter 4: Disrupting the Healthy Body: Medication versus Manipulation
Chapter 5: Preserving the National Body
Chapter 6: 'Those Girls with Sideburns': Regulating the Female Body
Chapter 7: 'Optimising' ('Not Enhancing') Performance: FastSkin
Chapter 8: Sydney 2000 and beyond
Chapter 9: Conclusion

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