Physical Education and Rational Doubt
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One of the features of the Restoration attitude towards sports was its failure to reconcile the two concepts of 'sport' and 'exercise'. Our own customary thinking here is imprecise, but we do tend to see the two as intermingled. In the later seventeenth century 'sport' and 'exercise' were considered as two quite different, or at least, quite separable, things. This has been noted in Cotton, but it was there also at the other end of the scale in Baxter, who was quite sure that man could take all the exercise that health and sanity demanded without indulging in sports as such. Exercise and sport pulled further apart from one another; the nature of contemporary sport made it unattractive to many of the milder advocates of exercise while many considerations, as we have seen, contributed to the fact that this advocacy was, indeed, usually mild and moderate enough to be fulfilled by simple unsophisticated exertions.