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Book Announcement | The Skeptic’s Guide to Sports Science: Confronting Myths of the Health and Fitness Industry, by Nicholas B. Tiller
This informative and accessible volume pulls no punches in scrutinizing the plausibility of, and evidence for, the most popular sports products and practices on the market. Readers are encouraged to confront their conceptualizations of the industry and, by the book’s end, they will have acquired the skills necessary to independently judge the effectiveness of sports-related products.
Book announcement | Physical Activity: A Multi-disciplinary Introduction, by Nick Draper & Gareth Stratton (eds.)
Physical activity and its relationship to health is one of the great issues of our age. The causes of, and solutions to, physical inactivity are complex and multi-dimensional, and therefore the subject needs to be studied and understood from a variety of perspectives. This is the first textbook to provide a truly multi-disciplinary introduction to physical activity studies.
Book announcement | The Psychology of Soccer, by Joseph Dixon, Jamie B Barker, Richard C Thelwell and Ian Mitchell
This book uses contemporary theory and research to elucidate key concepts and applied interventions. It includes world-leading expert commentaries of contemporary theoretical and applied approaches in understanding critical issues in soccer, and provides practical implications and insights into working effectively in soccer-related contexts. It will be a vital resource for researchers, practitioners, and coaches within the area of sport psychology and related disciplines.
Book announcement | Politics, Ideology and Football Fandom: The Transformation of Modern Poland, by Radosław Kossakowski, Przemysław Nosal, and Wojciech Woźniak
This book examines how fans develop political identities and how those identities can influence the wider political culture. It surveys the turbulent history of Poland in recent decades and explores the dominant right-wing ideology on the terraces, characterised by nationalism, ‘traditional’ values and anti-immigrant sentiment.
Book announcement | Women’s Artistic Gymnastics: Socio-Cultural Perspectives, edited by Roslyn Kerr, Natalie Barker-Ruchti, Carly Stewart, Gretchen Kerr
The book follows women’s artistic gymnastics through its transition to a modern sports form. Including global cases and innovative narrative methods, it explores the way gymnasts have experienced its intense challenges, the complexities of the coach-athlete relationship, and how others involved in the sport, such as parents and medical personnel, have contributed to the reproduction of a highly demanding and potentially abusive sporting culture.