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From The CriticsReviewer: Jennifer Scallin Perez, MS, ATC, LAT (Florida Hospital Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation)
Description: This book provides insight to sports culture and the social challenges that connect the sport with the lives of the athletes. It explores the policies and decision-making processes that are made along with the political implications that may be involved.
Purpose: The purpose is to describe the social, political, and economic implications of sport and the relationship of sport to public policy. This book explores some of these implications and helps readers gain a better understanding of the economic circumstances, political influence, and private powers that influence sports. It lays a substantial foundation for many complex issues and begins to provide some insight.
Audience: This book is written for anyone who is involved in any decision-making or development of professional, collegiate, or developmental programs.
Features: This book has something for everyone who wants to expand their knowledge on a wide array of concepts. The authors generate an awareness of, and an increased interest in, the public policy issues of sports. The book provides insight into the structure of sports, their economic impact, ethical dilemmas, and political implications using a variety of disciplinary perspectives, enabling readers to develop their own philosophical perspective.
Assessment: This is the first book I have come across that provides diverse viewpoints in complex issues in unexpected ways about how sports impact our lives. It provides perspectives from various backgrounds and then allows readers to bring them all together to help them develop a personal philosophy.