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Young Athletes, Couch Potatoes, and Helicopter Parents: The Productivity of Play

by Jessica Skolnikoff & Robert Engvall Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 11, 2013)

This book addresses a variety of topics regarding the nature of “play” in our society. It takes a close look at the concept of “helicopter parenting” and the impact that hyper-involved parents have upon...


The Athlete's Dilemma

by John Weston Parry Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 16, 2017)

Sports provide people around the world with unmatched entertainment, from the excitement of victory to the agony of defeat. Unfortunately, it also has become painfully clear that the agony of sports goes well...


How College Athletics Are Hurting Girls' Sports

by Rick Eckstein Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 09, 2017)

More girls are playing sports than ever before—which, on the surface, is great for girls because sports offer positive and empowering fun for young women. In reality, though, few young athletes report “fun”...


Powerful Moments in Sports

by Martin Gitlin Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 06, 2017)

Jesse Owens wins four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics. Billie Jean King takes on Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes. Title IX is passed. Some moments in sports—whether they take place on a track, on a...


German Sports, Doping, and Politics: A History of Performance Enhancement

by Michael Krüger, Christian Becker & Stefan Nielsen Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 09, 2015)

This book examines doping in Germany, with primary attention given to West Germany, from 1950 to the present, including what societal, cultural, and institutional pressures arose after WWII to bring about such...


Fair and Foul: Beyond the Myths and Paradoxes of Sport

by D. Stanley Eitzen Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 04, 2016)

The sixth edition of Fair and Foul features a new chapter on mass media and sport, a revised introduction, and a chapter on big-time college sport. The book explores our love of sport as well as its darker side,...


The Anatomy of Competition in Sports: The Struggle for Success in Major US Professional Leagues

by Christopher B. Doob Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 17, 2015)

This book examines different professional sports leagues in the United States and the role of competition within that league—in the history of the league, for children learning and competing in the sport,...