Start Geo Dictionary | Overview | Topics | Groups | Categories | Bookmark this page.
geology dictionary - geography encyclopedia  
Full text search :        
   A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J   K   L   M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   X   Y   Z   #   



sport, geography of

  The study of spatial variations in the pursuit of various sports and of the impact of sporting activities on the landscape. Interest in these topics is growing, given the increased use of recreation and leisure in many societies, as evidenced by the launching of a specialized journal — Sport Place.

Bale (1989) identified three main components to work on the geography of sport, in the first general text on the subject:

{img src=show_image.php?name=2022.gif } Study of the changing spatial pattern of sports activity, as, for example, with the diffusion of a new sport from its origin, and the study of sporting regions, areas identifying with particular sports (cf. locality); {img src=show_image.php?name=2022.gif } Study of the \'sports landscape\' and how it changes, as in the design and visual impact of stadia and golf courses; and {img src=show_image.php?name=2022.gif } Prescriptions for changing the spatial organization of sport and sporting landscapes.Most studies have been of the first type — as in Rooney\'s (1974) work on various aspects of American sports. (RJJ)

References Bale, J. 1989: Sports geography. London and New York: E.F. and N. Spon. Rooney, J.F. 1974: A geography of American sport: from Cabin Creek to Anaheim. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.



Bookmark this page:



<< former term
next term >>
spontaneous settlement


Other Terms : spatial monopoly | morphogenesis | Sjoberg model
Home |  Add new article  |  Your List |  Tools |  Become an Editor |  Tell a Friend |  Links |  Awards |  Testimonials |  Press |  News |  About
Copyright ©2009 GeoDZ. All rights reserved.  Terms of Use  |  Privacy Policy  |  Contact Us