Special Issue "Health and Wellbeing in an Outdoor and Adventure Sports Context"

A special issue of Sports (ISSN 2075-4663).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Eric Brymer

Institute of Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure Leeds Beckett University, Leeds LS6 3QS, United Kingdom
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Interests: nature benefit health and wellbeing, adventure sports, outdoor sports
Guest Editor
Dr. Michelle Dillon

Institute of Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure Leeds Beckett University, Leeds LS6 3QS, United Kingdom
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Interests: sport pedagogy, outdoor education, adventure education
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Dr. Suzanne Peacock

Institute of Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure Leeds Beckett University, Leeds LS6 3QS, United Kingdom
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Interests: sport and adventure for recovery, psychology for physical educators, adapted adventure
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Dr. Ashley Hardwell

Institute of Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure Leeds Beckett University, Leeds LS6 3QS, United Kingdom
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Interests: leisure sport, alternative sport
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Dr. John Allan

Institute of Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure Leeds Beckett University, Leeds LS6 3QS, United Kingdom
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Interests: psychology for the physical educator, outdoor & adventurous, outdoor education
Guest Editor
Dr. Chris Kay

Institute of Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure Leeds Beckett University, Leeds LS6 3QS, United Kingdom
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Interests: outdoor education, physical, mental, social well being, sports
Guest Editor
Dr. Melissa Hart

Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds LS6 3QS, United Kingdom
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Interests: outdoor education, expeditions, experiential learning, geography, cartography and navigation, foucault and education, postmodern qualitative approaches to research, academy schools and the privatisation of education, policy making discourses in schools

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

The World Health organisation defines health as a "state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."  While in general health is improving globally there are still challenges. For example, in 2010 mental illness and substance abuse combined were the leading cause of non-fatal illness worldwide and the fifth leading cause of death and disease worldwide. In September 2015 the United Nations recognised mental health and wellbeing as priorities within the global development agenda. The natural environment has been presented as an important aspect of the global health improvement plan. For instance, in  2018 the UK government published their 25 year environment plan which emphasises the importance of being active in nature. The last two decades have been witness to a plethora of research from a vast array of fields, such as public health, ecology, geography, forestry, psychology, education, sport science and psychiatry suggesting that physical activity in the presence of nature and feeling part of nature enhance health and wellbeing.

Traditional theoretical notions typically used to interpret findings are being questioned (Brymer, Davids, & Mallabon, 2014; Karmanov & Hamel, 2008; Keniger, Gaston, Irvine, & Fuller, 2013; Kjellgren & Buhrkall; Yeh et al., 2016). Research is beginning to consider the importance of individual differences, such as feelings of connection to nature, and the person-environment relationship (Freeman, Akhurst, Bannigan & James, 2016; Freeman & Akhurst, 2015). For the most part research undertaken in these fields has focused on traditional activities such as walking and running undertaken in outdoor environments. Outdoor and adventure activities (from forest school to extreme sports and more) are potentially ideal examples of physical activity in nature and perhaps best placed to reconnect people to the natural world.

The term 'sport' is often viewed as synonymous with structured competition. However, from an etymological perspective, the English word 'sport', derived from old French word 'desport', originally refers to a 'pastime'. For this special edition we adopt the broad definition including the dimensions of self-development and recreation. Specifically, sports are considered to be multi-faceted, boundary-crossing activities, which do not necessarily involve structured competitive activity, regulated performance environments, rules or institutions. This special edition brings together cutting edge research and thought examining the role of outdoor and adventure activities for enhancing mental health and psychological wellbeing.

Dr. Eric Brymer
Dr. Michelle Dillon
Dr. Suzanne Peacock
Dr. Ashley Hardwell
Dr. John Allan
Dr. Chris Kay
Dr. Melissa Hart
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sports is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 350 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • extreme sports
  • outdoor and adventure activities
  • physical
  • mental
  • social wellbeing
  • mental health
  • psychological wellbeing

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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