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The Sport Digest - ISSN: 1558-6448

volume 17 number 2

Book Review - Applied Sport Management Skills, written by: Robert N. Lussier and David C. Kimball

Lussier and Kimball have created the ultimate sport management textbook for both students and professors. Applied Sport Management Skills is jam-packed with applied exercises in sport management techniques that build students skill levels. The text is filled with a variety of exercises such as: Self Assessments, Skill Building, Applying the Concept, Case Studies, Tim-Outs and Take it to the Net exercises. Each and every one of these exercises is designed to teach the reader the valuable skills associated with sport management.

Analysis of Season-Ending Knee Injuries in the National Football League 2006-2008


Investigation of season-ending knee injuries in the National Football League (NFL) from 2006-2008. Researcher chose to expand my search to include any knee injury that required a player to be placed on Injured Reserve as this information is widely available to collect for the last three years. With these adjusted parameters, it was possible to perform more detailed analysis.

A summary of findings: The rate of season-ending knee injuries is inversely proportional to the number of team wins and the position of running back has the highest season-ending knee injury rate per player. The studies of the injury rate vs. team, division, and month did not produce results with statistical significance.

How Media Affects Our Perception of an Athletes Race and Gender

Over the past few decades’ coverage of televisions sports has grown to meet the needs and wants of sport enthusiasts. Thanks to the development of satellite technology, cable television, and the growing popularity and marketability of sports, televised sorts coverage has proliferated. Sports coverage has delivered a larger viewing audience to the networks, and the sporting entities have used that coverage to increase their visibility and revenue. (Rada, 2005) However, are the needs and wants being met for all sport enthusiasts? This paper will further discuss how the media affects our perception of an athlete’s race and gender.

Stressing: Understanding and Coping with Acute Stress in Adolescent Athletes Competing in Team Sports


Athletes at all levels feel a certain amount of stress while participating in sports. When thinking of stressful athletic situations, we tend to think of classic examples such as the long field goal attempt by the placekicker as time expires; the free throws to tie the game with no time left on the clock; two outs in the bottom of the ninth with the winning run on second; and the double-overtime penalty kick to win the match. Although these situations can produce a great deal of acute stress, especially among younger athletes, they do not represent the most common type of stress that may be encountered in athletic competition. Even though acute stressors can be found at every level of competition, they may be more visible at the youth sports level. These younger athletes have yet to learn, due to their age and lack of life experience, proper coping strategies. A sport administrator can help young athletes involved in team sports understand and cope with their acute stressors by answering the following questions:

Physical, Psycological and Performance Effects on Anabolic Androgenic Steriods

Athletics are about competition and being the best one can be. When that desire is taken too far, athletes may feel the need to use performance enhancers to get the added edge. This abuse has dated back for centuries, and was not prohibited until 1974. A diverse group of individuals, both athletes and non-athletes, have abused anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS). In the challenge to alter their bodies and improve their performances, men and women experience a number of physical and psychological effects, along with varying effects on body systems of the two sexes.