The Promotion of Well-being through Sporting Activities
New Horizons in the Economics of Sport series
Edited by Plácido Rodríguez, Stefan Késenne and Brad R. Humphreys
Plácido Rodríguez, Stefan Késenne and Brad R. Humphreys The majority of previous research on individual participation in sport and physical activity in the social sciences has come from sociology, policy studies or management. Much of this research is qualitative and descriptive in nature. Other disciplines like sports medicine, sports psychology or sports training have examined individual participation in sport and physical activity from a clinical perspective, focusing on physiological and medical aspects of participation in sport and physical activity. Economic analysis of individual participation in sport and physical activity, and its relationship to health, is not well developed. To address this lack of economic research, the V Gijón Conference on Sports Economics, titled ‘Sport and the Promotion of Health and Well Being’, focused on economic analysis of the relationship between sports participation, health and well-being. The conference took place on 7–8 May 2010 in the auditorium of the Faculty of Trade, Tourism and Social Sciences Jovellanos of the University of Oviedo, located in Gijón, Spain. The conference was organized by Professors Stefan Késenne (University of Antwerp and Leuven), Brad Humphreys (University of Alberta) and Plácido Rodríguez (University of Oviedo). The conference was presided over by the Rector of the University of Oviedo, Mr Vicente Gotor Santamaría. The conference opened with presentations by Mr Herminio Sastre Andrés, Vice-counsellor of Science and Tecnology of the Principalty of Asturias; Mr Joaquín Miranda Cortina, Director of the Tourism Society of the local...