Nature Sports: A unifying concept

Melo, Ricardo, Van Rheenen, Derek and Gammon, Sean James orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-5053-8763 (2023) Nature Sports: A unifying concept. In: Nature Sports: Concepts and Practice. Routledge, London, pp. 3-20. ISBN 13:978-1-032-55853-0

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Nature sports serve as the contextual reference for this special issue. These sports, also labelled action sports, adventure sports, alternative sports, Californian sports, extreme sports, gravity sports, lifestyle sports, nature challenge activities, new sports, outdoor sports, panic sports, risk sports or whiz sports, among others, comprise a group of physical activities that have the potential to challenge participants in a novel way and provide an alternative to the traditional ways of seeing, doing and understanding sport. Nature sports activities emerged in recent decades, especially after the flourishing of a new sport paradigm that had its origin in North America in the 1960s and 1970s. The importance of nature sports is also evidenced by the growing attention given to other sectors, including, leisure, tourism, the environment, health and education. In this regard, this chapter explores the relationships between nature sports and these various sectors.

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