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Barbara E. Ainsworth, Roger C. Mannell, Timothy K. Behrens and Linda L. Caldwell

Public health has historically been concerned with eliminating factors associated with disease, disability, and early mortality, whereas leisure studies has emerged from the need to create and manage recreational opportunities and promote leisure activities and experiences. Coincidently, both fields have progressed toward an appreciation of the role of active leisure in enhancing a population’s health and well-being. Factors associated with making choices to be physically active in leisure time are complex and multidimensional. This paper provides historical perspectives from public health and leisure studies (i.e., parks and recreation), describes models used to understand physically active leisure from both fields, and suggests direction for future collaborative research between public health and parks, recreation, and leisure researchers.

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Robert Sparks

Although it is apparent that conceptual reconciliation between the critical frameworks of sport and leisure studies would enable more strategic and innovative work, this paper argues that the complexity of this undertaking should not be underestimated. Several shortcomings in Deem’s analysis of theoretical integration are traced out, and a basis is struck for critically analyzing work in leisure and sports studies generally. Finally, Deem’s conception of “radical pluralism” is reviewed and a way of proceeding is proposed.

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Christine M. Hoehner, Ross C. Brownson, Diana Allen, James Gramann, Timothy K. Behrens, Myron F. Floyd, Jessica Leahy, Joseph B. Liddle, David Smaldone, Diara D. Spain, Daniel R. Tardona, Nicholas P. Ruthmann, Rachel L. Seiler and Byron W. Yount


We synthesized the results of 7 National Park Service pilot interventions designed to increase awareness of the health benefits from participation in recreation at national parks and to increase physical activity by park visitors.


A content analysis was conducted of the final evaluation reports of the 7 participating parks. Pooled data were also analyzed from a standardized trail-intercept survey administered in 3 parks.


The theme of new and diverse partnerships was the most common benefit reported across the 7 sites. The 2 parks that focused on youth showed evidence of an increase in awareness of the benefits of physical activity. Many of the other sites found high levels of awareness at baseline (approaching 90%), suggesting little room for improvement. Five of the 7 projects showed evidence of an increase in physical activity that was associated with the intervention activities. Multivariate analyses suggested that the media exposure contributed to a small but significant increase in awareness of the importance of physical activity (6%) and number of active visits (7%).


Enhancements and replication of these programs represents a promising opportunity for improving partnerships between public health and recreation to increase physical activity.

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Chris Knoester and Theo Randolph

and their significance, within sports and leisure studies ( Gottzén & Kremer-Sadlik, 2012 ; Kay, 2006 ). It uses comprehensive and unique national data on fragile families in the U.S. to detail the frequencies of father-child interactions in sports and outdoor activities and their implications for

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Alex Murata

researchers representing the fields of exercise science, child development, sociology, kinesiology, leisure studies, and psychology have discovered regarding the effects that adult-centric programming can have on young athletes. The text begins with a brief examination of the ways that sport has changed over

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Janelle Joseph

students or scholars new to the fields of study of masculinity, crisis, or promotional cultures. One might identify a weakness in that four of the five case study chapters were previously published in Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics , the Sociology of Sport Journal, and Leisure

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John N. Singer, Sally Shaw, Larena Hoeber, Nefertiti Walker, Kwame J. A. Agyemang and Kyle Rich

comment about being in two fields at once. I think maybe, and I’m probably guilty of this as well, because there isn’t as much different paradigm work happening in sport management, we look to other places to publish that work. A couple of us were just at the Canadian Association for Leisure Studies

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Donna L. Goodwin and Amanda Ebert

). Exclusive discourses: Leisure studies and disability . Leisure Studies, 28 , 375 – 386 . doi:10.1080/02614360903125096 10.1080/02614360903125096 Allison , M.T. ( 2000 ). Leisure, diversity and social justice . Journal of Leisure Research, 32 , 2 – 6 . Retrieved from http

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Arya M. Sharma, Donna L. Goodwin and Janice Causgrove Dunn

). Interventions for treating obesity in children . Sao Paulo Medical Journal, 127 , 321 . doi:10.1590/S1516-31802009000500015 10.1590/S1516-31802009000500015 Macbeth , J.L. ( 2010 ). Reflecting on disability research in sport and leisure settings . Leisure Studies, 29 , 477 – 485 . doi:10