This book provides students and scholars with a fail-safe guide to the key concepts in the field of Sport & Exercise Science. Intelligently cross-referenced entries provide a sound map of the multi-disciplinary demands of sport related courses including physical and biological sciences, social science and education. The entries use clear definitions, examples, and suggestions for further reading to explore each discipline.

The Body

The body

We are all embodied in that we have a physical bodily form throughout our lives. We know our own body and have expectations of how it will behave in particular circumstances. For many of us, our physical, or corporeal body is mostly experienced in stable and predictable ways that we take for granted. It may only be when the body fails to perform in expected ways because we are ill, or injured, or just ‘out of sorts’ that we question our physical embodiment. People who live with pain, or have limitations to bodily performance due to disease, Disability, injury or ageing may be more preoccupied, on a daily basis, with the body's functional capacities. However, even if we take our bodily functioning ...

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