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Special Issue "Sport, Leisure, and Sustainability"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Sport and Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Kyle Bunds
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Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, Biltmore Hall (Robertson Wing) 3028E
Interests: sport and equitable development; environmental sustainability; sport and charity; political economics; communication; sport-based health education
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Dr. Jonathan Casper
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Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University, Biltmore Hall (Robertson Wing), NC 3028J, USA
Interests: integration of sport sustainability practices in organizational operations; marketing; fan engagement
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

For this Special Issue, we seek theoretically and empirically sound examinations of sport, leisure, and sustainability. We conceptualize sustainability to consist of issues related to the environment, economics, and equity. 2020 has illuminated potentially unsustainable practices in sport and leisure. Flooding as a result of climate change has devastated youth sport facilities and parks across the United States, wild fires have altered the ability to perform physical activity in the Western United States and forced schedule alterations in professional sports, COVID-19 has devastated the fragile market-based economic foundations of youth, collegiate, and professional sports, and concerns abound regarding environmental justice and the equitable access to facilities for under-resourced youth and the potential public health ramifications of programs that are no longer sustainable.

We are interested in any of the broad range of topics related to sport and leisure sustainability. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • the impact of climate change on youth sport programs;
  • equitable access to physical activity opportunities;
  • leveraging of sport for environmental awareness and programs;
  • political economic arguments related to the future of sport;
  • the impact of climate change on environmental justice in sport and leisure opportunities;
  • involvement of immigrants and refugees in sport and leisure; and
  • the impact of sustainability on childhood obesity.

Dr. Kyle Bunds
Dr. Jonathan Casper
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • environment
  • economics
  • equity
  • environmental justice
  • physical activity
  • obesity

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Popularity of Screen Golf in Korea and Its Sociocultural Meaning
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(24), 13178; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph182413178 - 14 Dec 2021
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The purpose of this study was to examine the popularity of screen golf, golf played using an indoor golf simulator, in Korea and to further explore its sociocultural significance. This study conducted a case study in which purposeful sampling was employed to recruit [...] Read more.
The purpose of this study was to examine the popularity of screen golf, golf played using an indoor golf simulator, in Korea and to further explore its sociocultural significance. This study conducted a case study in which purposeful sampling was employed to recruit 15 participants. The results revealed that screen golf was popular in Korea because its facilities were easier to access; screen golf centers were found at convenient locations, and screen golf was more affordable than playing golf at the golf course. The combination of screen golf and the bang culture that is particular to Koreans has led them to accept the former as a familiar space for leisure activities. The results further revealed that screen sport has sociocultural significance in that its considerable popularity has led to the integration of virtual reality (VR) sports into daily life, thus making the division between sports and games less evident. Golf, a sport once considered as being an exclusive hobby for rich elites, has become popular among the general public, destroying the hierarchal notion that some sports harbor. This is meaningful as screen golf has played the role of an agent for sport socialization, encouraging people to participate in golf even on a course, unlike any other VR sport. Furthermore, this pastime has secured its position as a subculture in and of itself, becoming popular throughout the world. Full article
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Moral Identity and Attitudes towards Doping in Sport: Whether Perception of Fair Play Matters
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(21), 11531; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph182111531 - 02 Nov 2021
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Research evidence suggests that athletes’ attitudes towards banned substances are among the strongest predictors of intention to use or actual practice of doping. Previous research has found that personal morality was negatively related to doping attitudes. However, less is known about the role [...] Read more.
Research evidence suggests that athletes’ attitudes towards banned substances are among the strongest predictors of intention to use or actual practice of doping. Previous research has found that personal morality was negatively related to doping attitudes. However, less is known about the role of athletes’ perceptions of fair play on their attitudes towards doping. First, we examined whether moral identity was associated with athletes’ attitudes towards doping and whether their perceptions of fair play mediated this relationship. The second purpose was to determine whether these associations differed among non-athletes. Overall, 365 university students (49.9% males, 55.3% athletes) participated in this study (mean age 22.02, SD = 6.58). They completed questionnaires measuring the aforementioned variables. The results showed that athletes’ moral identity and endorsement of fair play were negatively associated with their attitudes towards doping. The mediation analyses showed that the effect of moral identity on attitudes towards doping was partially mediated by perceptions of fair play (indirect effect, β = −0.10, p < 0.05). Unlike student athletes, non-athletes’ moral identity negatively predicted attitudes towards doping only indirectly, via fair play perception (indirect effect, β = −0.08, p < 0.05). The study provides insights into how a person’s morality and perception of moral values in sport may act as factors related to doping in sport. The practical implications for the promotion of anti-doping attitudes for athletes and separately for student non-athletes were provided together with future research perspectives. Full article
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Chronic Back Condition and the Level of Physical Activity as Well as Internet Addiction among Physiotherapy Students during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Poland
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(13), 6718; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18136718 - 22 Jun 2021
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Objectives: The aim of this study was to assess back pain and its relation to physical activity as well as Internet addiction among Polish university students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: The research was conducted via the Internet in student groups of [...] Read more.
Objectives: The aim of this study was to assess back pain and its relation to physical activity as well as Internet addiction among Polish university students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: The research was conducted via the Internet in student groups of three universities in Poland (141 people). Back pain was examined by ODI—The Oswestry Disability Index and NDI—Neck Disability Index. The Polish-language International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) was used to assess physical activity and the level of Internet addiction was tested using the Kimberly Young Questionnaire. Results: The respondents mostly suffered from pain originating in the cervical spine. In the study group, only every fifth person had a high level of physical activity. Sex differentiates the level of the measures considered. Sitting in front of the computer affects the pain in the spine. Conclusions: Research results suggest that the pandemic is negatively affecting students. Frequent occurrence of back pain is observed with a simultaneous low level of physical activity. Maintaining regular activity during a pandemic, at least at home, is an indispensable preventive measure for physical health. Full article
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Pro-Environmental Sustainability and Political Affiliation: An Examination of USA College Sport Sustainability Efforts
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(11), 5840; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18115840 - 29 May 2021
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Political ideology is one of the most powerful predictors of perceptions about environmental sustainability and related behaviors. The purpose of this study was to investigate how sport fans’ sustainability-specific values, perceptions, and norms related to awareness, engagement, and influence of USA collegiate sport [...] Read more.
Political ideology is one of the most powerful predictors of perceptions about environmental sustainability and related behaviors. The purpose of this study was to investigate how sport fans’ sustainability-specific values, perceptions, and norms related to awareness, engagement, and influence of USA collegiate sport sustainability efforts based on political affiliation, accounting for age and gender. Data were collected using an online survey distributed to season ticket holders after the 2019 college football season that featured three sponsored sustainability initiatives at each home game. Multivariate analysis of variance and chi-square difference tests found that self-identified Democrats reported significantly higher pro-environmental values and norms, but sustainability program engagement, sponsored initiatives awareness, and influence of initiatives on behavior were politically neutral. Path analysis found that ascription of responsibility was a significant predictor of sustainability-related engagement and behaviors for both Independents and Republicans. The results and discussion sections highlight how academics and practitioners can account for political affiliation when creating campaign messaging for environmental initiatives. Full article
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Sustaining Equality and Equity. A Scoping Review of Interventions Directed towards Promoting Access to Leisure Time Physical Activity for Children and Youth
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(3), 1235; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph19031235 - 22 Jan 2022
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Promoting access to leisure time physical activity (LTPA) opportunities for children and youth is crucial to promote public health. Yet, ensuring sustainable interventions in this field requires theoretically informed approaches to guide the processes of developing, implementing and evaluating LTPA programs. The objective [...] Read more.
Promoting access to leisure time physical activity (LTPA) opportunities for children and youth is crucial to promote public health. Yet, ensuring sustainable interventions in this field requires theoretically informed approaches to guide the processes of developing, implementing and evaluating LTPA programs. The objective of this review was to examine how concepts of equality and equity have been operationalized in LTPA interventions for children and youth in order to identify facilitating factors and barriers to LTPA access connected to such concepts. Using a pre-piloted search strategy, three electronic databases were searched for studies of interventions aiming to promote access to LTPA in organized or community sport for children and youth. Following a screening process, 27 publications representing 25 unique interventions were included. Through careful examination of the aim and target group of each intervention, they emerged in three categories in accordance with their (implicit) understandings of equality and equity. Also, considering the processes through which the interventions within each category had been implemented leads to the conclusion that an explicit theoretical understanding of the aim of interventions will increase communal knowledge among intervention stakeholders about which facilitating factors to pursue and barriers to bypass to contribute to more socially sustainable LTPA programs. Full article
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The Acute and Chronic Effects of Dual-Task on the Motor and Cognitive Performances in Athletes: A Systematic Review
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(4), 1732; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18041732 - 10 Feb 2021
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Athletes must distribute their attention to many relevant cues during a match. Therefore, athletes’ ability to deal with dual-tasks may be different from the non-athlete population, demanding a deeper investigation within the sports domain. This study aimed to systematically review the acute and [...] Read more.
Athletes must distribute their attention to many relevant cues during a match. Therefore, athletes’ ability to deal with dual-tasks may be different from the non-athlete population, demanding a deeper investigation within the sports domain. This study aimed to systematically review the acute and chronic effects of dual-tasks in motor and cognitive performances in athletes from different modalities. The search for articles followed all the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines. The keywords used were: “dual-task” OR “double task” OR “multi-task” OR “divided attention” OR “secondary task” OR “second task” AND “working memory” OR “visual” OR “decision making” OR “gaze behavior” OR “attention” AND “sports” OR “athletes” OR “players”. The Scopus, Pubmed, and Web of Science databases were screened for studies comparing single and dual-tasks, in which the participants were athletes competing at any level, and in which at least one of the following variables were investigated: working memory, decision-making, visual search behavior, perception, anticipation, attention, or motor tasks. Articles were screened using pre-defined selection criteria, and methodological quality was assessed by two researchers independently. Following the eligibility criteria, we included 18 articles in the review: 13 on the acute effects, and five on the chronic effects. This review showed that the acute effect of dual-tasks impairs the motor and cognitive performances of athletes (dual-task cost). However, training with dual-tasks (chronic effect) improved working memory skills and attentional control. We conclude that dual-tasks acutely and chronically impacts motor and cognitive performance. Full article
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