ATHLETICISM

I Would Rather Be the Worst at Something Than the Best: Athleticism and Masculinity in Contemporary New Zealand Art

I Would Rather Be the Worst at Something Than the Best: Athleticism and Masculinity in Contemporary New Zealand Art

Victoria Wynne-Jones Over several decades, US-based coach Greg Glassman developed a fitness regime known as CrossFit, the aim of which is to ‘forge a broad, general and inclusive fitness.’ Designed to optimize fitness through constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity, CrossFit is also the name of the community that spontaneously arises when several people do these workouts together. After examining various sports and physical tasks collectively, skills and adaptations that could lend...

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Addiction, Therapy and Sport in Infinite Jest

Ira Halpern “…types like the Ennet House types are just the sorts of people Pemulis’s talents let him get away from in terms of like social milieu and mixing and transacting; and his basic attitude with these low-rent employees is one of unfoolish discretion and like why tempt fate.” The Enfield Tennis Academy of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, where Michael Pemulis resides, is located just across the road from Ennet House Drug and...

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A Critique of Self-Concept and Youth Sport Reconsidered

A Critique of Self-Concept and Youth Sport Reconsidered

Joel Nathan Rosen A decade prior, the author examined the extent to which contemporary critiques of sport reflect an increasing tendency to equate sport with pathology, especially in terms of the discussion of youth participation and the interpretations of the self-concept relative to youth sport participation. Reflecting a more wholesale societal shift that places the self at the center of the debate, sport—and youth sport in particular—was being presented as either unwilling or unable...

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