The study of sport is often thought of simply in terms of the sport sciences. This book explains how a phenomenological approach is capable of revealing the nature and meanings of sport in ways that are beyond the reach of the sciences and how the very concepts required by sport science stand in need of philosophical explanation. The book has a 'didactic' intention, seeking to present and discuss ideas and tools developed in the phenomenological tradition in order to illuminate issues in sport, in such a way as to be understandable for those without any previous knowledge or background.

There are clear and straightforward accounts of the ideas of central thinkers, such as Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty and Patočka, and applications of central ideas to the analysis of particular issues, such as the nature of risk sports, the feint in football, the problem of the instant replay, the role of the sport psychologist, the idea of 'bodily perception', and the concept of 'transhumanism' in relation to performance enhancement.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Sport, Ethics and Philosophy.

chapter 1|17 pages

An Introduction to the Phenomenological Study of Sport

ByIrena Martínková, Jim Parry

chapter 3|14 pages

Anthropos as Kinanthropos: Heidegger and Patočka on Human Movement

ByIrena Martínková

chapter 5|11 pages

Skilled Coping and Sport: Promises of Phenomenology

ByBryan Hogeveen

chapter 6|14 pages

Merleau-Ponty Meets Kretchmar: Sweet Tensions of Embodied Learning

ByØyvind F. Standal, Vegard F. Moe

chapter 7|15 pages

Sweet Tension and its Phenomenological Description: Sport, Intersubjectivity and Horizon

ByDouglas W. McLaughlin, Cesar R. Torres

chapter 9|17 pages

Feminist Phenomenology and the Woman in the Running Body

ByJacquelyn Allen-Collinson

chapter 12|16 pages

Falling for the Feint – An Existential Investigation of a Creative Performance in High-Level Football

ByKenneth Aggerholm, Ejgil Jespersen, Lars Tore Ronglan