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Lifestyle sports and national sport policy: an agenda for research

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There has been a proliferation of new sporting forms over the two decades that have challenged traditional ways of conceptualising and practicing sport. These new forms, variously labelled ‘action’, ‘new’, ‘wizz’, ‘extreme’ and ‘lifestyle’ sports, have commercial and competitive dimensions, but are essentially understood by participants as bodily experiences – about ‘doing it’. While challenging mainstream sport in terms of cultural significance, participation figures are hard to establish, as are recognised forms of regulation and governance. Beyond some limited market research, there has been very little substantive research into participation rates and patterns, nor on the socio-demographic characteristics of participants, yet these new sporting forms have the potential to contribute significantly to the achievement of Government’s Game Plan activity targets. Lifestyle is understood as a self-interpreted pattern of actions that differentiates one person from another (or allies people through shared practice). Lifestyle sports contribute to this, through interpretations of how people look and behave, what subcultural choices and affiliations they make, what forms of control they take over their lives – for example against formal bureaucracies or sports associations. Lifestyle – and associated sporting forms – are thus associated with wider patterns of consumption, taste and identity.



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Editor's comments - [  While the data concerning, and the broader understanding of, lifestyle sports remains rudimentary, it is apparent that the principal participants are the very group of young people who have conventionally dropped out of sport and physical activity upon leaving school. Thus, the narrow age band attracted to lifestyle sports is probably rather less significant in policy terms that the potential that the sports have to contribute to the [2002] Game Plan activity targets. The extent to which this is the case has yet to be determined, while questions also need to be asked about the activity profiles of the participants – especially what the participation rates for individual sports mean in terms of overall participation  ]  Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>

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Reference : Tomlinson, A. Ravenscroft, N. Wheaton, B. Gilcrest, P. (2005). Lifestyle sports and national sport policy: an agenda for research.Brighton: University of Brighton.


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