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Sport and the Body
Sport and the Body
7.1 Introduction

This chapter introduces some of the ways in which sport sociologists take an interest in the body. Our bodies are something with which we are all intimately acquainted, yet there are many unchallenged assumptions about bodies in everyday life. One of the most persistent claims regarding bodies is that they are a natural, biological entity best understood by physiologists and biomechanists whose primary aim is to help athletes and coaches enhance the body’s performance. This assumption can distract us from the importance of understanding and studying bodies as a sociological phenomenon. This chapter will revisit some concepts with which you should now be familiar: how the body in sport, physical activity and health acts as a ...

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