, due in no small part to corporate and political pressure ( Bieler, 2020 ). Despite this significant business setback and against a backdrop of fiery and defiant media interviews, White and the UFC immediately began mapping out a path to hosting the event sooner rather than later, pledging to lead the
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Samuel M. Clevenger, Oliver Rick, and Jacob Bustad
, the pandemic renews attention to the longstanding presence of nonhuman actors in spaces of human activity. A quick search of recent online media articles reveals stories of endangered species thriving in environments deserted by humans, wildlife entering urban areas, and rodents adapting to changes in
Rachel Vaccaro and Ted M. Butryn
Until recently, mental illnesses in athletes have attracted less attention and media coverage than physical injuries ( Newman, Howells, & Fletcher, 2016 ). However, the majority of published research studies suggested that mental health conditions are just as likely to occur in athletes as they are
Stirling Sharpe, Charles Mountifield, and Kevin Filo
this engagement has been through social media, which has had a significant influence on the connection between sport brands, including high-profile athletes, and their fans. As part of this connection, public campaigns, including advocating the need for better health awareness and hygiene practices
Charles Mountifield and Stirling Sharpe
Ben Read —Social media manager at World in Motion. In 2020, nations around the world quickly became engulfed in a crisis with the announcement that the COVID-19 virus had mushroomed to the point that it had become a pandemic. Subsequent to national government attempts to curtail the spread of the
Pazit Levinger and Keith D. Hill
recognized, promoted, and campaigned on a global scale. Many countries, including Australia and the United Kingdom, have invested in national campaigns on prime-time TV, radio channels, and social media to advocate for the importance of physical activity to maintain people’s health during the pandemic. We
Bo Li and Olan Scott
with the coronavirus, but they denied it later, after misinformation was reported extensively in the mass media. The spread of misinformation during the coronavirus pandemic is no exception in sports reporting. Chinese soccer player Wu Lei’s coronavirus case is one of the examples that illustrates how
Aubrianne E. Rote, Lori A. Klos, Michael J. Brondino, Amy E. Harley, and Ann M. Swartz
Facebook may be a useful tool to provide a social support group to encourage increases in physical activity. This study examines the efficacy of a Facebook social support group to increase steps/day in young women.
Female college freshmen (N = 63) were randomized to one of two 8-week interventions: a Facebook Social Support Group (n = 32) or a Standard Walking Intervention (n = 31). Participants in both groups received weekly step goals and tracked steps/day with a pedometer. Women in the Facebook Social Support Group were also enrolled in a Facebook group and asked to post information about their steps/day and provide feedback to one another.
Women in both intervention arms significantly increased steps/day pre- to postintervention (F (8,425) = 94.43, P < .001). However, women in the Facebook Social Support Group increased steps/day significantly more (F (1,138) = 11.34, P < .001) than women in the Standard Walking Intervention, going from 5295 to 12,472 steps/day.
These results demonstrate the potential effectiveness of using Facebook to offer a social support group to increase physical activity in young women. Women in the Facebook Social Support Group increased walking by approximately 1.5 miles/day more than women in the Standard Walking Intervention which, if maintained, could have a profound impact on their future health.
William Roth Smith
The National Basketball Association’s suspension of the 2019–2020 season in mid-March, and the resulting domino-effect cancellations and postponements by sporting leagues and federations across the world, grabbed sport media headlines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although not as prominently
attention of regular-season games and prompting the exploration of this unique time in U.S. sports. Though the league would later suspend the season, for one weekend, Australian football became the most popular sport in the United States. This essay uses news articles, social media posts, and existing