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Sports & Recreation

Leap into the cultural pursuit of sports and recreation, which are leisure activities as old as society itself. Sports refers to all forms of competitive athletics, like football, baseball, hockey, soccer, or tennis, while recreation refers to any leisure activity done for pleasure, such as reading books, watching television, taking a walk, or playing in a park. Unlike professional sports, sports and recreation for leisure is accessible to people of any level of physical and mental ability.

Sports and recreation are vital components of society for many reasons. Sports, in particular, have a strong socialization component, as the team environment teaches people how to work together, communicate clearly, build friendships, compete fairly, and act as both leaders and followers. Shared leisure activities reinforce bonds within the community, increasing civic engagement and promoting healthy relationships. Studies have also shown the importance of leisure activities to individuals’ quality of life, providing a way to relieve stress and engage in exercise.

Sports and recreation for leisure can be organized at various levels. It can be as informal as a spontaneous agreement amongst a group of neighborhood teens to play a game of pick-up basketball at a park or as organized as a formal softball rec league with divisions of teams, playoffs, and governing associations.

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Sports & Recreation Resources

Gale provides scholarly resources to dive into recreation research, including sports databases and eBooks.


Gale databases offer researchers access to credible, up-to-date content from millions of articles.

Gale eBooks

Gale offers a variety of sports eBooks covering a wide range of topics on athletes, martial arts, sports equality, and more. Users can add Gale eBooks to a customized collection and cross-search to pinpoint the article most relevant to the topic. Workflow tools help users easily share, save, and download content.

  • Game On! Madden NFL, 1st Edition

    Game On! Madden NFL, 1st Edition

    Checkerboard Library | 2020 | ISBN-13: 9781532177514

    It’s game on, Madden NFL fans! This book explores the inception and evolution of Madden NFL, highlighting the game’s key creators, super athletes, and the cultural crazes inspired by the game. Special features include side-by-side comparisons of the game over time and a behind-the-screen look into the franchise. You’ll also find a table of contents, fun facts, a timeline, and an index. Full-color photos and action-packed screenshots will transport readers to the heart of the Madden NFL empire! Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Checkerboard Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.

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  • Kobe Bryant: NBA Scoring Sensation, 1st Edition

    Kobe Bryant: NBA Scoring Sensation, 1st Edition

    Britannica Digital Learning | 2016 | ISBN-13: 9781680481136

    Kobe Bryant: NBA Scoring Sensation, part of the Living Legends of Sports series, introduces the reader to this athlete’s life story and accomplishments.

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  • Martial Arts and Their Greatest Fighters, 1st Edition

    Martial Arts and Their Greatest Fighters, 1st Edition

    Britannica Digital Learning | 2015 | ISBN-13: 9781622755899

    Martial Arts and Their Greatest Fighters takes a look at kung fu and tai chi in China; the practices of the Japanese samurai warriors, as well as jujitsu, judo, sumo, and karate; and the global rise of martial arts, from muay thai in Thailand and capoeira in Brazil to the mixed martial arts that are now widespread in the United States. Legendary and contemporary fighters are profiled, such as Yue Fei, Jet Li, Bruce Lee, Randy Couture, B. J. Penn, Ronda Rousey, and Anderson Silva.

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  • We Will Win the Day: The Civil Rights Movement, the Black Athlete, and the Quest for Equality, 1st Edition

    We Will Win the Day: The Civil Rights Movement, the Black Athlete, and the Quest for Equality, 1st Edition

    Praeger | 2017 | ISBN-13: 9781440839535

    This timely eBook looks at the history of Black activist athletes and the important role of the Black community in making sure fair play existed, not only in sports, but across U.S. society.

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