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Sports And The Future

Physical Education, Recreation and Leisure Studies
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Melanie Muise

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April 4
Thinking About The Future
Sports are social constructions; they can be invented, redefined, and changed
The meaning, purpose, and organization of sports in the future will be based
on the collective decisions and actions of human beings
Sports are contested activities when people struggle over these decisions
Models for Thinking about sports in the future
Power and Performance Sports: will be the dominant sport form in the
immediate future. Sponsors give priority to these sports
Pleasure and Participation Sports: will grow as “connections” are valued
over confrontation and domination. Sponsorships will be difficult to obtain
and maintain
Power and performance Sports
Will remain popular but there are some problems
They are exclusive and many people will not have the opportunity or desire
to participate
Their popularity depends on power staying in the control of men who value
conquest over others
Questions that people are raising, and will continue to raise, about power
and performance sports
How should technology be regulated when exploring human limits?
How can fairness be guaranteed when there is unequal access to training and
How can injuries be minimized and access maximized when the goal is
Women will be among those who seek alternatives to power and performance
Those who favour unstructured activities will seek alternatives to power and
performance sports
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