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Promoting a Healthy Society (PHeSo) Research Group, Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Extremadura, 10003 Cáceres, Spain
Dr. Mitchell Alberto Alarcón Diaz
Education, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima 15081, Peru
Faculty of Sport Science, University of Extremadura, 10003 Cáceres, Spain
Sports Science, University of Extremadura, 10003 Cáceres, Spain
Promoting a Healthy Society (PHeSo) Research Group, Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Extremadura, 10003 Cáceres, Spain
Dr. Ana Fondón-Ludeña
Sociology, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, 28933 Móstoles, Madrid, Spain

Sport and Society

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Dear Colleagues,

It is clear that sport plays a fundamental role in today's society, providing multiple physical and psychological benefits. There is no doubt that it exerts an important influence on today's globalised society, promoting economic development in different geographical, cultural and political contexts. Sport is also a powerful tool for strengthening ties and boosting bilateral relations, as sport occupies a key place in many of today's cultures. This Topic aims to disseminate national or international research studies on issues related to sport and society, highlighting the relevance of such studies in addressing various aspects of society and thus contributing to a better understanding of it. We welcome contributions on the above topics in any of the following forms: reliability studies, validity studies, correlational studies, observational studies, study protocols, longitudinal studies, cross-sectional studies, case reports, qualitative studies, studies with discourse analysis, bibliometric reviews, narrative reviews, scoping reviews, systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

Topics of interest include:

  • Sport and society;
  • Physical activity, exercise or sport and health;
  • Gender and sport;
  • Political economies of sport;
  • History of sport;
  • Sociology of Sport;
  • Corporal expression;
  • Inclusive and adapted sport.

Dr. José Carmelo Adsuar   
Dr. Mitchell Alberto Alarcón Diaz   
Dr. Jorge Carlos-Vivas
Dr. Roxana Paola Palacios Cartagena
Dr. Carmen Galán Arroyo
Dr. Ana Fondón-Ludeña
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Keywords

  • sport
  • society
  • physical activity
  • exercise
  • culture
  • sports performance
  • sports training
  • health promotion
  • health
  • inclusion
  • health-related quality of life
  • volume
  • intensity
  • internal and external load quantification
  • biomechanics of movement
  • body composition and body mass index

Participating Journals

Journal Name Impact Factor CiteScore Launched Year First Decision (median) APC
Societies
societies
2.1 2.3 2011 32.6 Days CHF 1400 Submit
Sports
sports
2.7 5.2 2013 19.3 Days CHF 1800 Submit
Healthcare
healthcare
2.8 2.7 2013 19.5 Days CHF 2700 Submit

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15 pages, 246 KiB  
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Expectations of Egyptian and German Sports Tourists Depending on Destination and Travel Companions
by Jacqueline Tuchel, Luisa Hente, Alexander Hodeck, Sarah El Beih and Mohamed Zoromba
Societies 2024, 14(2), 27; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc14020027 - 15 Feb 2024
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The expectations of (sports) tourists are individual and, therefore, particularly diverse. This study investigates the question to which extent expectations differ with regard to various aspects (accommodation, food, activities, meeting new people and fears) according to the destination in the home country or [...] Read more.
The expectations of (sports) tourists are individual and, therefore, particularly diverse. This study investigates the question to which extent expectations differ with regard to various aspects (accommodation, food, activities, meeting new people and fears) according to the destination in the home country or abroad and the travel companion. This study also investigates whether differences can be identified between the two studied countries. A total of 39 people in Egypt and 42 in Germany were asked about their individual and group expectations and fears by using the scenario technique. In small groups, the expectations of travelling with different travel companions (friends, partner and children or grandmother) and to different destinations were discussed to develop concrete wishes and goals. Results show that both the country of origin and the destination, as well as the travel companions, have an influence on expectations. Full article
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The “Clockwork” Model for Deployment Technology Innovations in Sports Industry Ecosystem: Holistic Approach
by Ekaterina Glebova, Michel Desbordes and Orsolya Czegledi
Societies 2024, 14(2), 23; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc14020023 - 13 Feb 2024
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The use of technology in different aspects of the sports industry is widespread across the world, affecting sports training, performance, judging, and spectating. However, the integration, deployment, and evolution of technologies in the sports industry ecosystem are still unclear and unexplained. In this [...] Read more.
The use of technology in different aspects of the sports industry is widespread across the world, affecting sports training, performance, judging, and spectating. However, the integration, deployment, and evolution of technologies in the sports industry ecosystem are still unclear and unexplained. In this paper, we aim to build and explain the conceptual model for deployment technologies in the sports ecosystem in a holistic approach. This conceptual model is based on a literature review and theoretical synthesis, coupled with 15 qualitative unstructured interviews with high-profile sport and technology experts. Then, we formulated 4 hypotheses and confirmed them using 15 qualitative unstructured interviews with technology and sports experts. The in-depth analysis of the literature and collected data let us build the “Clockwork” Model. To better visualize and explain the development of the model of deployment technologies in the sports ecosystem, based on the analysis of theoretical and empirical data, we compare the mechanism of the model with clockwork. Technology deployment is a complicated operational process and involves the continuous sequence of consecutive elements (stages), ideally functioning as a mechanism. Together, the hypotheses underscore the symbiotic relationship between traditional sports infrastructure and technological advancements, highlighting the importance of a balanced and well-functioning ecosystem for overall success and development in the sports industry. All four hypotheses were confirmed during the second set of interviews (N = 15). Furthermore, their synthesis brought us to build and refine the “Clockwork” conceptual model, which explains, articulates, and visually demonstrates the process of how technology innovations appear and evolve in the sports ecosystem; in other words, the continuous and cyclic process of technology implementation and deployment. Full article
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Functional Fitness Norms of Community-Dwelling Older Adults in Southern Rural Taiwan: A Cross-Sectional Study
by Chun-Wei Wang, Jia-Ling Yeh, Shuk-Fong Li, Chun-Ming Chen, Hsiu-Hua Wang, Cheng-Shiun He and Hsin-Tzu Lin
Healthcare 2024, 12(2), 213; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare12020213 - 15 Jan 2024
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Background: Physical activity (PA) and functional fitness (FF) are crucial for promoting independent living and healthy aging in older adults. However, there is a lack of normative values for the Senior Fitness Test (SFT) among older adults (aged 55–90) living in southern rural [...] Read more.
Background: Physical activity (PA) and functional fitness (FF) are crucial for promoting independent living and healthy aging in older adults. However, there is a lack of normative values for the Senior Fitness Test (SFT) among older adults (aged 55–90) living in southern rural Taiwan, particularly in the Chiayi region, which has been relatively underserved in terms of health-related resources compared to northern Taiwan. Purpose: This study aimed to determine the age- and gender-specific normative fitness scores for a large representative population of community-dwelling older adults in southern rural Taiwan. Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted to obtain normative FF scores for 3332 community-dwelling elderly people (1057 men and 2275 women) in Chiayi, through the implementation of functional fitness tests across 72 Chiayi communities. The developed normative data served as a reference for exercise prescription for the elderly in southern Taiwan. Results: The study showed that the average normative values of all functional fitness tests declined significantly with increasing age (p < 0.05). Sex differences were also found in all measures of FF tests, with elderly women scoring significantly better than men on flexibility (scratch back: −1.34 ± 9.03 vs. −6.54 ± 11.07; chair sit and reach: 6.56 ± 9.44 vs. 0.56 ± 10.40) (p < 0.05), while men scored significantly higher than women on strength (grip strength: 30.83 ± 8.06 vs. 21.82 ± 5.32; bicep curl: 19.25 ± 5.44 vs. 17.64 ± 4.98) (p < 0.05). Furthermore, four FF normative scores in southern rural Taiwan were found to be significantly higher than their counterparts living in northern Taiwan. Conclusion: These findings contribute positively to the evaluation of fitness levels among older adults in southern rural Taiwan and provide a concrete reference for developing sound PA programs for this population. The results suggest that strategies aimed at promoting increased participation in PA among older adults need to consider age-, sex-, and region-specific factors. Full article
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Daily Moderate-to-Vigorous Activity of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders and Seven Asian Subgroups by Types of Activities, American Time Use Survey, 2010–2019
by James Davis, Deborah A. Taira, Eunjung Lim and John Chen
Healthcare 2024, 12(2), 205; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare12020205 - 15 Jan 2024
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The study used the American Time Use Survey data from 2010 to 2019 to compare the daily moderate-to-vigorous activity of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPI) and seven Asian ethnic subgroups. Adults aged 24 years and older were included. The study analyzed activities [...] Read more.
The study used the American Time Use Survey data from 2010 to 2019 to compare the daily moderate-to-vigorous activity of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPI) and seven Asian ethnic subgroups. Adults aged 24 years and older were included. The study analyzed activities from sports and recreation, household activities, and all activities carried out during the day. Outcomes were determined by the completion of 30 min or more of moderate-to-vigorous activity and the type of activity carried out in the day. Significant ethnic differences were observed for sports and recreation but not for household activities and not for all activities carried out during the day. Of the ethnic populations, NHPI were the least active, and Asian Indians and Chinese were the most active. A majority achieved 30 min or more of moderate-to-vigorous activity during the day from all their activities. Physical activity from household activities exceeded physical activity from sports and recreation. The most physically active group was adults over the age of 65 years, perhaps reflecting more time to exercise or greater concerns about their health. For sports and recreation, exercising with someone doubled the minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity. The results emphasize the importance of activities performed around the household in addition to sports and recreation and the benefit of exercising with someone. Ethnic populations may be receptive to interventions that emphasize activities they are performing in their daily lives. Full article
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Differences in the Levels of Physical Activity and Sport Habits between Men and Women in Cartagena (Spain)
by Celia Armada, Bernardino Javier Sánchez-Alcaraz, Javier Courel-Ibáñez and Eduardo Segarra-Vicens
Sports 2024, 12(1), 28; https://doi.org/10.3390/sports12010028 - 11 Jan 2024
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Scientific evidence proves the importance of physical activity and sports in decreasing morbidity and mortality rates and health-related costs. Public and stakeholder involvement is vital in the sustainable promotion of physical activity and sports practice in local settings. The aim of this study [...] Read more.
Scientific evidence proves the importance of physical activity and sports in decreasing morbidity and mortality rates and health-related costs. Public and stakeholder involvement is vital in the sustainable promotion of physical activity and sports practice in local settings. The aim of this study was to identify the levels of physical activity and sports habits of the population of the city Cartagena (Spain). The short version of the International Questionnaire of Physical Activity was used (IQPA) and a virtual questionnaire on sports habits was sent to 1450 citizens. Responses from 248 people (162 men and 86 women), with ages ranging from 18 to 77 years old (average age = 41 ± 17 years old), were collected. The results showed low to moderate levels of physical activity with no considerable differences between men and women for the population of Cartagena. Women were shown to engage in higher intensity practice of physical activity, whereas men were shown to be more consistent and have a significantly higher participation rate in sports events, both those with free entry and those that require the acquisition of a ticket. Men were also shown to have a higher rate of media sport use. This information may assist in the development of effective political actions to promote physical activity and sports in local settings. Full article
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Narrowing the Definition of Social Inclusion in Sport for People with Disabilities through a Scoping Review
by Viktorija Pečnikar Oblak, Maria João Campos, Susana Lemos, Micaela Rocha, Predrag Ljubotina, Kaja Poteko, Orsolya Kárpáti, Judit Farkas, Szilvia Perényi, Urška Kustura, Alain Massart and Mojca Doupona
Healthcare 2023, 11(16), 2292; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare11162292 - 14 Aug 2023
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The concept and practice of social inclusion in sport are still undefined, causing confusion both in the field of sport policy and practice. According to the United Nations (UN), a conceptual and analytical work on what constitutes inclusion is needed. Therefore, this study [...] Read more.
The concept and practice of social inclusion in sport are still undefined, causing confusion both in the field of sport policy and practice. According to the United Nations (UN), a conceptual and analytical work on what constitutes inclusion is needed. Therefore, this study aims to define social inclusion in sport for people with disabilities by reviewing the existing literature. Using a scoping review framework, articles related to a possible definition of social inclusion in sport or to the elements of this definition were reviewed. For the eighteen (18) articles selected, the focus was on 152 statements, which were grouped into 6 main categories, namely: policy (29), fundamental conditions (28), key elements (30), soft skills (20), field gaps (31), and best practices (14). Ten keywords were extracted from each of the six categories using the free online program cortical.io. All 60 keywords were then compared with each other. After deleting the duplicates, 24 keywords remained, which were classified into five major categories: (1) key people, (2) key environments, (3) key ways to use, (4) key benefits, and (5) key barriers, in order to create a descriptive definition of social inclusion in sport for people with disabilities that can contribute to the goals of the UN 2030 Agenda. In addition to the definition, relevant issues were also raised for in-depth discussion and further research. Full article
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