Eleventh International Conference on Sport & Society - Virtual Conference

  • 2020 Special Focus—Playful Minds: Assessing the Socio-Cultural Potential of Sport and Physical Activity
  • 18-19 June 2020
  • Granada, Spain

2020 Special Focus—Playful Minds: Assessing the Socio-Cultural Potential of Sport and Physical Activity

The social, personal, and work demands of contemporary society, intensified by ubiquitous digital communication platforms, are increasing degrees of pressure on everyday lives of ordinary people. The effects of this intensification are mirrored in high-performance sport and the lives of its athletes. Additionally, for the lives of everyday people, levels of physical activity have been shown to decline. As a result, we see a spike in the number of everyday people and high-performance athletes suffering from various kinds of mental or physical health condition. Thus, there comes a demand to identify potential pathways that could improve both the lives of everyday people and in high-performance athletes. At this year’s conference, we seek to understand the causes of this current situation, and the shared conditions for everyday people and high-performance athletes. We also want to focus on exploring strategies to improve health pathways, grounded in the social dimensions and cultural settings of physical activity. This includes the organizational strategies of national and international governing bodies of sport that regulate a large deal of participation in leisure and elite sport on the local, national and international levels.

Welcome Address

Welcome Address

Local Co-Hosts

Felix Zurita, Professor, University of Granada, Spain

Jose J. Muros, Lecturer, University of Granada, Spain


Research Network Chair

Dr. Jörg Krieger, Aarhus University, Denmark

Plenary Sessions

Does Health and Wellbeing of Key Workers Matter?

Dr. Veronica Varela Mato, Research Associate, Loughborough University, United Kingdom

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Physical Activity and Eyesight

Guillermo F. López Sánchez, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Italy

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The Response of Sport to COVID-19 and Potential Implications

Emily Knox, Member, PROMECO Research Group, University of Granada, Spain

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Emerging Scholar Awardees

For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards re given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active academic interest in the conference area. The Award, with its accompanying responsibilities provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics. The 2020 Emerging Scholar Awardees are listed below.

  • Alex Nuñez, University of Arizona, USA
  • Eva Wolzok, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
  • Dana Young, The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Pedro Danilo Ponciano, University of Tsukuba, Guatemala
  • Caroline Voyles, Drexel University, USA
  • Sam Schelfhout, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Christopher Yandle, Mercer University, USA
  • Kalyn McDonough, University of Delaware, USA

Virtual Presentations

Virtual Presentations are grouped by general themes. Please click the blue buttons below to view and comment. Each presenter's formal, written paper will be available to participants if accepted to the journal.

Theme One: Sporting Cultures and Identities
Serena Williams, the Catsuit Ban and the Interplay of Gender and Race

Varsha Gopal, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India


The Americanization of Muscular Judaism (Muskeljudentum)

Udi Carmi, Ohalo College of Education, Israel


Grappling the Headlocks of Oppression: Female Wrestlers

Terri Cecchine, Teacher, Lompoc Unified School District

Jaquelyn Valenzuela, University of California, Santa Barbara, California, United States

Gabriela Flores

Rebeca Mireles-Rios, University of California, Santa Barbara, California, United States


The Concept of Sport Volunteer Tourism: An Overview of Existing Research and Suggestions for Future Research

George Karlis, Full Professor, Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ioanna Maria Kantartzi, Ph.D. Student, Health Sciences, University of Ottawa, Canada


Keep Her at a Distance: U.S. Public Perceptions of Transgressive Female Athletes

Lance Kinney, Associate Professor, Advertising and Public Relations, University of Alabama


Sport as a Social Development Tool: Evaluating the Perceived Effectiveness of the Touch NZ Community Projects

Kirsten Spencer, Senior Lecturer, AUT, New Zealand


Investigating the Talent Development Pathway Within Scottish Female Football

Georgios Andronikos, Edinburgh Napier University


Fan's Group Bad Blue Boys: Struggling for Democracy and Change since 1986

Matea Milak, Research Assistant, Sociology, Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar, Croatia


We Can Play Football With or Without Our Eyes”: The Role of Sporting Capital in Sustaining Blind Football Participation for Students with Visual Impairments in Zimbabwe

Keon Richardson, Master of Art Student in Sport and Olympic Studies, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan


A Catcher's Mask: Vincent Nava, Baseball's Color Line, and Mexican American Racialization

Alex Nunez, Graduate Student, University of Arizona


Queering Namibian Sport

Tammy Matthews, University of Colorado Boulder


Exposing the Myth of the Post-national Team: Mesut Özil’s Resignation and German Discourses on Race and Soccer during the 2018 World Cup

Matthias Kaelberer, Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, University of Memphis


Measuring Nationalism and Conflict through the Africa Cup of Nations Qualification Process

Sam Schelfhout, The University of Texas at Austin


Understanding the Socialization Process and Its Influence on the Academic Performance of U.S. Black Male Collegiate Athletes

Monique Ositelu, PhD, Founder & Chief Data Consultant, Data Driven Consulting & Solutions LLC, United States


Amateurism in Athletics, Australian Style: The Golden Age of Australian Sport and its Demise

David Holmes, Academic, School of Humanities and Languages, University of New South Wales, New South Wales, Australia


Theme Two: Sport and Health
Risk Compensation in High-Impact Sports: A Comparison between Rugby and Football in Canada

Cullum Brownbridge, Brock University, Canada


A Logistic Regression Analysis of Reported Concussion Risk among National Collegiate Athletic Association Football Bowl Subdivision Players

Brittany Kmush, Syracuse University, USA

Madeline Hilton, Syracuse University, USA

Bhavneett Walia, Syracuse University, USA

Shane Sanders, Syracuse University, USA

Justin Ehrlich, Syracuse University, USA


Are We Protecting High Performance Athletes' Welfare and Mental Wellbeing?: New Zealand's Litany of Coaching Dramas

Elizabeth Toomey, Professor, School of Law, University of Canterbury, New Zealand


Educational Aspirations and Wellbeing of Elite Athletes

Neil Hall, Western Sydney University, Australia

Sam Lane, Western Sydney University, Australia

Leon Keir, One Wellbeing, Australia


Putting the Sport in Columbia Sportswear: The Impact of Sport and Physical Activity in an Active Workplace

Virlena Crosley, Linfield College, USA

Natalie Welch, Linfield College, USA


The Active for Health Programme: The Evaluation of a Sport England Funded Programme

Donna L. Woodhouse, Sheffield Hallam University, UK


Boxing for Development: Exploring the Impact of an Olympic Solidarity Coach Education Program on Women and Communities in Trinidad and Tobago

Kalyn Mc Donough, University of Delaware, Delaware, United States

Matthew Robinson, University of Delaware, Delaware, United States

Ria Ramnarine, University of Delaware, Delaware, United States


What Do Adolescent Athletes Think about Anti-doping?

Katharina Gatterer, Senior Scientist, Institute of Sports Medicine, Alpine Medicine and Health Tourism (ISAG), UMIT Health and Life Science University, Tyrol, Austria


UNESCO Anti-doping Programs in Algeria and Contribution to the Blockade of the Phenomenon

Nassereddine Kesri, Professor, Faculty of Physical Education and Sports, University of Algers, Alger, Algeria

Dahmani Bensadallah, University of Lagouate, AMMAR Thliji Hannat Abdelkhader, Univerity of Djelfa Zeyanna Achoure


Theme Three: Sports Education
Sport Science in Higher Education Institutions: A Descriptive Profile of Programs and an Analysis of Curriculum

Ana Santos, Researcher/Teacher, School of Physical Education and Sport, University of São Paulo, Brazil


Go Big or Go Home? The Effect of College Athletic Reclassification from National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 2 to Division 1

Travis Taylor, Associate Professor, Economics, Christopher Newport University


Bourdieusian Analysis of Gendered and Social Class Practices in School Sport Sailing: A Comparative Study of Western France and California

Anne Schmitt, Université Rennes 2

Matthew Atencio, California State University of East Bay

Gaëlle Sempé, Université Rennes 2


Understanding the Lived Academic Experiences of NCAA Division I Football Student-Athletes

Christopher Yandle, Southeastern Louisiana University


Making Gymnastics American: German and Swedish Influence on Physical Education in the United States, 1880-1925

Nicholas Capicotto, Masters Student, History, Columbia University


The Impact of Today's Youth on Organizing in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: Using Sport as an Organizational Methodology

Chelsea Cutright, PhD candidate, Anthropology, University of Kentucky, United States


Changing the Academic Landscape One Button at a Time: The Future of eSports as an Academic Discipline

Andrew Miller, Associate Professor, School of Communication, Media and the Arts, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, United States


Theme Four: Sports Management & Commercialization
Comparison of Traditional Sport and E-sport Consumers by Their Consumption Motivations

David Papp, University of Debrecen

Csilla Csukonyi, University of Debrecen

Gyozo Kurucz, University of Debrecen


Leadership and Recreation Services: In Search of a Deeper Conceptual Understanding

Ioanna Maria Kantartzi, Ph.D. Student, Health Sciences, University of Ottawa

George Karlis, Full Professor, Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Open Data For Sport Governance

Joshua Munoz, Nacional Institute of Sport Education and Physical Activity of Catalonia Francesc Solanellas, Nacional Institute of Sport Education and Physical Activity of Catalonia


A New Anti-tip System in Handball Goals and Its Influence on the Game

Rafael Baena González, Catholic University of Murcia, España


2020 Special Focus—Playful Minds: Physical Activity, Social Potential and Cultural Settings
A Critical Exploration of Research Trends in Adapted Physical Activity

Gyozo Molnar, Principal Lecturer, Sport and Exercise Science, University of Worcester, United Kingdom

Nancy Spencer, University of Alberta, Canada


People with Physical Disabilities Have Playful Minds Too

Aubrey Shaw, Ph.D. Candidate, Movement Sciences, University of Idaho, United States

Sharon Stoll, Professor, Movement Sciences, University of Idaho, Idaho, United States


Virtual Posters
Touchdown! Sentenced - Disciplinary Actions Against Black Male Athletes in the National Football League and Criminality in the United States

Sean Pradhan, Assistant Professor, Menlo College

Marianne Marar Yacobian, Professor, Menlo College


Descriptive Investigation of Exercise Induced Nausea and Self-treatment

Michael D Lukkarinen, Western Illinois University

Tim Piper, Western Illinois University

Megan Moore, Western Illinois University


Real-time Patient-reported Outcomes of Cancer Treatment: Daily Mood Record by Emoji Selection on Personal Phone

Tim Slattery, Clinical Research Fellow, Renal/Melanoma, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom

Harvey Turner, Western Australia Department of Health


Music Bands and Professional Sports Teams: Why Do Successful Ones Crumble?

David Rolling, Valparaiso University


Sports Participation, Social Capital, and Health for Refugee and Migrant Adolescent Girls

Dana M Young, Research Fellow, Child and Community Wellbeing Unit, Centre for Health Equity, School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Gender, Body Norms, and Sports Apparel Advertisements

Heather Van Mullem, Lewis-Clark State College

Emily Weber, Washington State University


Sport Management Analysis in Football Clubs and Federations: Social Media as a Sports Marketing Management Tool

Edgar Romero, University of Barcelona, Spain

Francesc Solanellas, Nacional Institute of Sport Education and Physical Activity of Catalonia


Banter or Homophobia at Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club: The Disconnect between Language, Intent and Impact

Peter Evans, Birmingham City University


The Czech Version of Société Française de Médecine du Sport in Adolescent Athletes: Psychometric Properties and Analysis of Differential Item Functioning Across Gender

Iva Buresova, Assistant Professor, Institute of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Martin Jelínek, Researcher, Institute of Psychology, Czech Academy of Sciences, Brno, Czech Republic


American Baseball Fans' Attitudes Toward Cannabis Use and Corporate Sponsor Response

Sean Pradhan, Assistant Professor, Menlo College

Susan Snycerski, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, San Jose State University

Sean Laraway, Professor, San Jose State University

Kristi Sadler, Graduate Student, San Jose State University


Consumer Responses Toward Recreational Cannabis Use by Spanish Professional Soccer Players

Sean Pradhan, Assistant Professor, Menlo College

Susan Snycerski, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, San Jose State University

Sean Laraway, Professor, San Jose State University

Kristi Sadler, Graduate Student, San Jose State University


Sport-based development interventions: a systematic review of women participating in sport

Imogen Healy, Trainee Counselling Psychologist - Doctoral Student, York St John University

Eva Wolzok, National Taiwan Normal University


Empowerment through Community: Working out Embodied Neoliberalism within Group Fitness Instructors

Ulrike Vogl, Professor, Linguistics, Ghent University, Belgium

Karin Andersson, University of Vienna

Virtual Presentations in Spanish

El Buen Vivir-Sumak Kawsay: El Buen Vivir visto desde la mujer montuvia

Carla Vanessa Zapata Toapanta

El recreo un espacio para la inclusión: Una experiencia de Aprendizaje-Servicio

Sandra Vázquez Toledo, Profesora, Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, España

Marta Liesa Orús, Profesora, Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, España

Sergio Cored Bandrés, Investigador Predoctoral en Formación, Universidad de Zaragoza, España

Verónica Sierra Sánchez

Cecilia Latorre Cosculluela

Silvia Anzano Oto, Profesora, Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, España

Ana Rodríguez Martínez, Profesora, Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, España

Hacia una vida independiente: Un proyecto de Aprendizaje-Servicio con alumnos de la Facultad de Ciencias Humanas y de la Educación y jóvenes con diversidad funcional

Marta Liesa Orús, Profesora, Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, España

Sergio Cored Bandrés, Investigador Predoctoral en Formación, Universidad de Zaragoza, España

Cecilia Latorre Cosculluela

Sandra Vázquez Toledo

Verónica Sierra Sánchez

Silvia Anzano Oto, Profesora, Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, España

La influencia del género en posiciones de liderazgo: Directoras que desafían estructuras organizacionales tradicionales en el contexto español

Carmen Lucena Rodríguez

Cristina Cruz González, Personal Docente e Investigador, Universidad de Granada, España

Liderar para la justicia social en un contexto vulnerable: Estudio de caso de un director de escuela

Carmen Lucena Rodríguez

Cristina Cruz González, Personal Docente e Investigador, Didáctica y Organización Escolar, Universidad de Granada, España

Organización inclusiva y educación científica: Necesidades formativas del profesorado

Sofía Torrecilla

Simbiosis del sistema familia y sistema empresa en la permanencia de organizaciones informales

Carlos Alberto Jiménez Bandala

La experiencia migratoria de las mujeres árabe-musulmanas: Vulnerabilidad e integración

Alejandra Icardo Ruiz

Alumnos con desconocimiento del español en España

Imad Boussif

Ponencia virtual breve
Estudio socio-iconográfico de la adquisición de capital social en la formación identitaria de un grupo de aficionados al tango argentino en Rumanía

Cristina Borlea

Póster virtual
Población indígena Wounaan: Las consecuencias de la migración a Bogotá

Maria Paula Pérez Mosquera

Valeria Lozano Lavado, Estudiante, Medicina, Universidad El Bosque, Bogotá, Colombia

Valentina Salazar Maldonado

Sandra Lucía Vargas Cruz, Profesora e investigadora, Universidad El Bosque, Bogotá, Colombia

Fernanda Carolina Tolosa Castro

Virtual Presentations

Virtual Presentations Virtual Posters

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Virtual Presentations

Virtual Presentations are grouped by general themes. Each presenter's formal, written paper will be available to participants if accepted to the journal.