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Organizational Resilience of Community Sport Clubs Impacted by Natural Disasters

Pamela Wicker, Kevin Filo, and Graham Cuskelly

When community sport clubs are impacted by natural disasters, organizational resilience is critical to recovery. Within this study, organizational resilience is conceptualized as a function of robustness, redundancy, resourcefulness, and rapidity, and applied to community sport clubs. Using data from a survey of sport clubs (n = 200) in Queensland, Australia, the organizational resilience of affected clubs and their recovery from natural disasters (flooding, cyclone) was investigated. The findings show that clubs used human and financial resources predominantly in their recovery efforts. Organizational resilience, number of members, and the use of government grants had a significant positive effect on the extent of the club’s perceived overall recovery. Clubs providing equestrian, golf, and motor sports recovered to a significantly lower extent. Proactively pursuing government grants, suitable insurance coverage, and interorganizational relationships were identified as factors that assisted clubs in becoming more resilient. The measurement of resilience should be refined and expanded in future research.

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A Case When You Can’t Fool Mother Nature: Understanding and Addressing Issues Linked to Organizational Decisions Stemming From a Natural Disaster

Ryan K. Zapalac, John J. Miller, and Kelsey C. Miller

play the series in Fresno. The final series of the season for both teams was to be played in Sacramento and could possibly decide the Pacific Coast League Northern Division Champion. The stakes could not be higher when this natural disaster hit. After a brief update about the status of Chukchansi

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The Condition of Neighborhood Parks Following Hurricane Katrina: Development of a Post-Hurricane Assessment Instrument

Ariane L. Bedimo-Rung, Jessica L. Thomson, Andrew J. Mowen, Jeanette Gustat, Bradley J. Tompkins, Patricia K. Strikmiller, and Melinda S. Sothern


Parks provide environments for physical activity, yet little is known about how natural disasters affect them or how these disasters alter physical activity. Our objectives were to (1) describe the development of an instrument to assess park conditions following a hurricane and (2) document the conditions of New Orleans’ parks 3 and 6 months after Hurricane Katrina.


A Post-Hurricane Assessment (PHA) instrument was developed and implemented in 54 parks 3 and 6 months post-hurricane.


Summary scores of the Park Damage Index and the Neighborhood Damage Index showed improvement between 3 and 6 months of data collection. Parks and neighborhoods most affected by the hurricane were located in the most- and least-affluent areas of the city.


The PHA proved to be a promising tool for assessing park conditions in a timely manner following a natural disaster and allowed for the creation of summary damage scores to correlate to community changes.

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Sport Clusters and Community Resilience in the United States

Changwook Kim, Jinwon Kim, and Seongsoo Jang

culturally ( Lankford & Howard, 1994 ). Recently, researchers have also investigated the role of tourism clusters in shaping economic resilience ( Lee, Kim, Jang, Ash, & Yang, 2020 ) and have emphasized the importance of community tourism development in the face of contemporary crises and natural disasters

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Kinesiology’s Passport to Success: Transcending Parallel Trenches, Nurturing Active Open-Mindedness, and Learning From the Octopus

David K. Wiggins

seriously the cues provided in the books by Rafe Sagarin, Learning From the Octopus: How Secrets From Nature Can Help Us Fight Terrorist Attacks, Natural Disasters, and Disease ( 2012 ), and Sy Montgomery, The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonders of Consciousness ( 2015 ). I

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Assessing Climate Suitability of Three Cities for the 2027 Women’s World Cup

Madeleine Orr and Walker J. Ross

; Hughes, 2020 ). There is also, of course, a risk of natural disasters occurring; however, these typically arise suddenly and unexpectedly, so it can be challenging to include disasters in the planning process ( Orr et al., 2022 ). Anticipating climate hazards presents a challenging task for Nico and her

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On the Necessity of Teaching Sport Ecology

Walker J. Ross

, natural terrain, and severe weather or natural disasters. Moving forward it will be critical for future sport management students to have an understanding of sport ecology as they may be in key decision-making roles as climate influences their organization or their organization is influencing climate

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Healthy Active Aging Can Help Urban Populations Be More Resilient to Changing Environments

Ruth F. Hunter and Ione Avila-Palencia

studies have shown an increased risk of cognitive decline and dementia as well as poorer quality of life and mental well-being among older people after natural disasters. 12 , 13 Building Resilience We argue that promoting healthy aging via physical activity in climate-vulnerable populations requires a

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Do We Need Esports Ecology? Comparisons of Environmental Impacts Between Traditional Sport and Esports

Walker J. Ross and Wil Fisackerly

digital nature. This differs from some outdoor sports like surfing, skiing, golf, or baseball that depend upon certain environmental conditions for play. Aside from a powerful storm or natural disaster knocking out the electricity required to play or other required infrastructure and mobility (i

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Skiing Uphill: A Sport Ecology Case Study to Save the Snow

Beth D. Solomon and Sarah Stokowski

significantly driving up the cost of the team? References Blanchard , A. ( 2016 ). How much does it cost to make snow at a ski resort? EMS Environmental . Botzen , W.W. , Deschenes , O. , & Sanders , M. ( 2019 ). The economic impacts of natural