Sport and Physical Activity across the Lifespan

Critical Perspectives

  • Rylee A. Dionigi
  • Michael Gard

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Rylee A. Dionigi, Michael Gard
    Pages 1-20
  3. Setting the Context: Sport Participation and Sport Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Michael Gard, Rylee A. Dionigi, Claudio Dionigi
      Pages 67-89
  4. Early Childhood, Youth and Sport

  5. Sport in Adulthood

  6. Sport in Mid-life and Old Age

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 261-261
    2. Rylee A. Dionigi, Chelsea Litchfield
      Pages 283-300
    3. Elizabeth C. J. Pike
      Pages 301-315
    4. Kelly Carr, Kristy Smith, Patricia Weir, Sean Horton
      Pages 317-346
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 347-362

About this book


This edited collection problematizes trajectories of health promotion across the lifespan. It provides a distinctive critical social science perspective of the various directions taken by dominant policies in their approach to promoting sport for all ages. It offers an array of theoretical and methodologically diverse perspectives on this topic, and highlights the intersections between different life stages and social, economic and cultural factors in the developed world, including class, gender, ability, family dynamics and/or race.

Sport and Physical Activity across the Lifespan critically explores dominant policies of age-focussed sport promotion in order to highlight its implications within the context of particular life stages as they intersect with social, cultural and economic factors. This includes an examination of organised sport for pre-schoolers; ‘at-risk’ youth sport programmes; and the creation of sporting sub-cultures within the mid-life ‘market’.

This book will be of interest to those wanting to learning more about how age and life stages affect the way people think about and participate in sport, and to better understand the impacts of sport across the lifespan.


Sport Participation and Sport Policy Politics of Sport for All Organized Sport Programs for Preschoolers Participation Biases in High Performance Sport Girls’ Presentations of Self in Physical Culture ‘At-Risk’ Youth Sport Programs Sport is Not for All Sport for Young Disabled People Sport in Mid-life and Old Age Psychosocial Obstacles to Sport

Editors and affiliations

  • Rylee A. Dionigi
    • 1
  • Michael Gard
    • 2
  1. 1.Charles Sturt UniversityPort MacquarieAustralia
  2. 2.University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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