Play in Sport

  • Robert A. Stebbins
Part of the Leisure Studies in a Global Era book series (LSGE)


This chapter examines the multitude of subtle movements made on the spot by experienced amateur, professional, and hobbyist athletes as they pursue their goals in a game or match and during practice sessions. The on-the-spot results of play in sport are often evident in the clever (sometimes amazing and fantastic) maneuvers observed while participants try to reach those goals in competition against other players. By sport I mean interhuman, competitive, physical activity based on a recognized set of rules (Coakley, 2001, p. 20). It will soon be evident that interhuman competition can also be effected using animals, machines, and the like (e.g., racing with dogs or snowmobiles).


Experiential Knowledge Core Activity Racing Model Volleyball Player Strategic Maneuvering 
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© Robert Alan Stebbins 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert A. Stebbins
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  1. 1.University of CalgaryCanada

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