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Comparing Commitment to Sport and Religion at a Christian College

Timothy Jon Curry and Robert Parr

This research replicates a previous study that examined key components of Stryker’s identity theory as applied to the sport role. In addition, while the previous study examined components of the sport role just for male students at a large state university, this study includes 149 female and 199 male students at a small college and tests the model on both the sport and the religious identities. The instrument used is the Sport Identities Index. We find that the salience of sport is significantly different for males and females, while religious salience is not. We find further that both males and females show similar patterns of association between commitment, salience, role performance satisfaction, and time spent in role for sports. The relationships are not as consistent for religion. Implications of these findings suggest further refinements are needed in measuring and conceptualizing identity under conditions of high salience.

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The Eternal Present of Sport: Rethinking Sport and Religion

Tom Gibbons

mundanity and profane aspects of everyday life. Grano demonstrates his critique of the inadequacy of each of “these predominant visons of religious escape” via sport (p. 7), before putting forward his alternative approach to the sport-religion relationship, termed “negative theology.” The negative theology

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Intrinsic Religiosity and Substance Use in Intercollegiate Athletes

Eric A. Storch, Jason B. Storch, Adrienne H. Kovacs, Aubree Okun, and Eric Welsh

Although there has been little research examining religiosity in athletes, recent evidence suggests that it may play an important role in the lives of some athletes. The present study investigated the relationship of intrinsic religiosity to substance use in intercollegiate athletes. The Intrinsic Religiosity subscale of the Duke Religion Index, the Alcohol Problems subscale of the Personality Assessment Inventory, and two questions assessing marijuana and other drug use were completed by 105 varsity athletes. Findings indicated that intrinsic religiosity was inversely associated with alcohol, marijuana, and other drug use. Implications of these findings for sport practitioners are discussed.

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The Eternal Present of Sport: Rethinking Sport and Religion

R.L. Caughron

By Daniel A. Grano. Published 2017 by Temple University Press , Philadelphia, PA. 286 pp. ISBN: 9781439912805 The title of this book intrigued me since I have a keen interest in religion and sport, from both a cultural standpoint as well as a legal view. Unfortunately, this book premises itself as

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Sports, Religion and Disability

John Swinton

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Religion and Sports in American Culture

Jeffrey Montez de Oca

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Virtual Umra: An Interdisciplinary Faith-Based Pedometer Intervention for Increasing Steps at School

David Kahan and Virginie Nicaise


Curriculum interventions aimed at increasing physical activity in schools may prove useful in contexts where changes in policy/environment are not feasible. Design/evaluation of interventions targeting minority groups is important in light of well-publicized health disparities. Religious minorities represent a special subset that may positively respond to interventions tailored to their unique beliefs, which to date have been relatively underreported.


Muslim American youth (n = 45) attending a parochial middle school participated in a religiously- and culturally-tailored 8-wk, interdisciplinary pedometer intervention. School-time ambulatory activity was quantified using a delayed multiple-baseline across subjects ABA design. Visual analysis of graphic data as well as repeated-measures ANOVA and ANCOVA and post hoc contrasts were used to analyze step counts including the moderating effects of day type (PE, no-PE), gender, BMI classification, grade, and time.


The intervention elicited modest increases in males’ steps only with effect decay beginning midintervention. BMI classification and grade were not associated with changes in steps.


Full curricular integration by affected classroom teachers, staff modeling of PA behavior, and alternative curriculum for girls’ PE classes may further potentiate the intervention.

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Religion and Sport: The Denominational Colleges, the Genesis of Physical Education in Newfoundland

Wayne Eastman

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AASP-Certified Consultants’ Experiences of Spirituality within Sport Psychology Consultation

Trevor J. Egli, Leslee A. Fisher, and Noah Gentner

In this paper, the experiences of nine AASP-certified sport psychology consultants (SPCs) working with athletes who invoke spirituality in their consulting sessions are described. After a brief review of terms and literature, consultants’ own words from interview transcripts are used to illustrate four major themes. These were: (a) SPC definitions of spirituality; (b) SPC definitions of faith: (c) SPC perceived challenges; and (d) spirituality implementation within consulting session. We conclude by addressing why we believe that spirituality is a cultural competence component and why sport psychology consultants should engage with the ongoing development of cultural competency.

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Beyond Health and Happiness: An Exploratory Study Into the Relationship Between Craftsmanship and Meaningfulness of Sport

Noora J. Ronkainen, Michael McDougall, Olli Tikkanen, Niels Feddersen, and Richard Tahtinen

and meaningful life. As they noted, A breathtakingly broad variety of other common goals and strivings—as examples, the desires to be healthy, to be loved, to succeed at work, to raise children, and to serve one’s religion or country—can be subsumed under either or both of those broad wishes