Sport & Leisure

Our Routledge Sport, Exercise and Leisure Handbooks showcase the best international scholarship across the full range of related disciplines, from the biophysical sciences to the social sciences and areas of applied practice.  Alongside volumes covering core topics such as sport psychology, sport management, sport sociology and sports coaching are handbooks addressing cutting-edge emerging themes and issues, such as physical activity and mental health, sport expertise, drugs in sport, qualitative research methods, and physical education pedagogy.  With additional volumes being added every year, our sport, exercise and leisure handbook collection is an unparalleled resource for students, researchers and practitioners. This subject’s full title listing can be downloaded here. As long as there are a minimum of titles available within a subject area then these titles can be purchased within a Subject Collection. New Subject Collections are created annually as new titles are added to the platform.

New media technologies have become a central part of the sports media landscape.
The Routledge Handbook of Sport, Gender and Sexuality brings together important new work from 68 leading international scholars that, collectively, demonstrates the intrinsic interconnectedness of spo...
Ergonomics is concerned with the ‘fit’ between people and their work.
The Routledge Handbook of Sport Communication is the only book to offer a fully comprehensive and in-depth survey of the contemporary discipline of sport communication.
Sport performance analysis techniques help coaches, athletes and sport scientists develop an objective understanding of actual sport performance, as opposed to self-report, fitness tests or laboratory...
It is difficult to fully understand the role that sport plays in contemporary global society without understanding how and why governments, NGOs and other organizations formulate and implement policy ...
The Routledge Handbook of Sport Management is the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to theory and practice in sport management ever published.
From carbon fibre racing bikes to ‘sharkskin’ swimsuits, the application of cutting-edge design, technology and engineering has proved to be a vital ingredient in enhanced sports performance.
Now available in paperback, the Routledge Handbook of Applied Sport Psychology is a definitive guide to the theory and practice of applied sport psychology.
The Handbook of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is an authoritative and comprehensive account of the world’s greatest sporting and cultural event.
A growing body of evidence shows that physical activity can be a cost-effective and safe intervention for the prevention and treatment of a wide range of mental health problems.
The Routledge Handbook of Motor Control and Motor Learning is the first book to offer a comprehensive survey of neurophysiological, behavioural and biomechanical aspects of motor function.
Over the last three decades sports coaching has evolved from a set of customary practices based largely on tradition and routine into a sophisticated, reflective and multi-disciplinary profession.
This landmark publication brings together some of the most perceptive commentators of the present moment to explore core ideas and cutting edge developments in the field of Leisure Studies.
Sports development has become a prominent concern within both the academic study of sport and within the organisation and administration of sport.
The Handbook of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is the first authoritative and comprehensive account of the world’s greatest sporting and cultural event.
As the role of sport in society becomes ever more prominent and as sports organisations become increasingly influential members of the global community, so it has become more important than ever for s...
The Routledge Handbook of Biomechanics and Human Movement Science is a landmark work of reference.
The field of sports history is no longer a fledgling area of study.
From the Olympic Games to community-level competitions, sports events can be complex and pose a particular set of managerial challenges.
The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Sport is a landmark publication in sport studies.
Doping has become one of the most important and high-profile issues in contemporary sport.
Understanding and developing expertise is an important concern for any researcher or practitioner working in elite or high performance sport.
The work of a sports therapist is highly technical and requires a confident, responsible and professional approach.
What remains of a great sporting spectacle after the last race is run or the final match is played? How can the vast expense of mounting such events be justified? What if there is nothing left behind ...
The ‘outdoors’ is a physical and ideological space in which people engage with their environment, but it is also an important vehicle for learning and for leisure.
Sports marketing has become a cornerstone of successful sports management and business, driving growth in sport organisations and widening fan-bases.
Football is unquestionably the world’s most popular and influential sport.
Few issues have engaged sports scholars more than those of race and ethnicity.
The last two decades have witnessed a proliferation of qualitative research in sport and exercise.
Sport is frequently considered to be an aspect of popular culture that is, or should be, untainted by the political.
Contemporary sport psychology is a rapidly developing and theoretically rich discipline, and a sophisticated and challenging profession.
The Routledge Handbook of Youth Sport is a comprehensive survey of the latest research into young people’s involvement in sport.
Physical cultural studies (PCS) is a dynamic and rapidly developing field of study.
Identifying athletic talent and developing that talent to its full potential is a central concern in sport.
The natural environment is a central issue in both academic and wider societal discourse.
Contemporary sport business is international.
Golf is one of the world?s major sports and consequently the focus of world-class scientific research.
The Routledge Handbook of Primary Physical Education goes further than any other book in exploring the specific theoretical and practical components of teaching PE at the primary or elementary school ...
Physical activity, inactivity and their relationship to health are serious concerns for governments around the world.
Theory is an essential element in the development of any academic discipline and sport management is no exception.
Drawing on the latest scientific research, this handbook introduces the essentials of sport-specific strength and conditioning programme design for over 30 different sports.
Sport and physical activity are now regularly used to promote social and economic development, peacebuilding and conflict resolution, on an international scale.
<P>Soccer is the world?s most valuable sport, generating bigger revenues, as well as being watched and played by more people, than any other.
<P>Tennis is one of the world?s most popular sports, as levels of participation and spectatorship demonstrate.
<P>Technological advances over the last two decades have placed genetic research at the forefront of sport and exercise science.
Combining knowledge from sport management, marketing, media, leadership, governance, and consumer behavior in innovative ways, this book goes further than any other in surveying current theory and res...
The Routledge Handbook of Elite Sport Performance is the first book to examine a broad span of performance and support issues in contemporary elite sport; including coaching, sports science and medici...
The story of global sport is the story of expansion from local development to globalized industry, from recreational to marketized activity.
This handbook represents the first comprehensive and evidence-based review of theory, research, and practice in the field of adapted physical education (APE).
The Routledge Handbook of Sport Governance is a comprehensive and authoritative survey of the wide range of issues shaping sport governance.
Over the past three decades the study of pediatric physical inactivity has become a public health concern.
This is the first book to offer a comprehensive overview of the history, development and contemporary significance of sport in Asia.
This handbook offers an important and timely contribution to the interdisciplinary field of Olympic studies.
Athlete welfare should be of central importance in all sport.
The Routledge Handbook of Sports Journalism is a comprehensive and in-depth survey of the fast-moving and multifaceted world of sports journalism.
From its early beginnings in the 1960s, the academic field of biochemistry of exercise has expanded beyond examining and describing metabolic responses to exercise and adaptations to training to inclu...
Clinical sport psychology is a rapidly growing field that brings together research and clinical interventions from both clinical psychology and sport and performance psychology.
The Routledge Handbook of Sport History is a new and innovative survey of the discipline of sport history.
The Routledge Handbook of Sport and Sustainable Development is a comprehensive and powerful survey of the ways in which sport engages with its social, environmental, and ethical responsibilities.
This Handbook provides a succinct overview of sport in the Middle East, drawing in scholars from a wide variety of geographical and disciplinary backgrounds (history, politics, sociology, economi...
This is the first book to explore the full significance of sport fans and fandom from an international and interdisciplinary perspective, across different sports, communities and levels of engagement.
This progressive and broad-ranging handbook offers a comprehensive overview of the complex intersections between politics, gender, sport and physical activity, shining new light on the significance of...
This book examines the initial impact of the coronavirus pandemic on global sport and the varying consequences of the sport shutdown on all levels of society.
The Routledge Handbook of Digital Sport Management provides students, researchers, and practitioners with a contemporary roadmap of the impact of digital technologies in sport management, at all level...
The Routledge Handbook of Coaching Children in Sport provides a comprehensive and extensive range of critical reflections of key areas impacting on children’s sport and coaching up to the age of 16.
Mental health is a rapidly increasing topic in the field of sport psychology.
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