A foundational guide to financial management in the leisure industry

12 October 2012, 15:08

Leisure Services Financial ManagementThis textbook covers the basics of economics, introduces accounting methodologies and helps students learn financial management methods and system, using current technical and technological skills.

It then goes on to explore other roles and responsibilities of financial management, such as preparing students with a basic political skill set to enable them to organize fundraising activities and work closely with governing bodies and groups.

Suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate students, this book offers online ancillaries for lecturers and provides a complete package for both student and lecturer.

Normal price: £39.99 I €48.00
HK Rewards Members’ Price: £31.99 I €38.40

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The role of leisure in the lives of the elderly

19 January 2012, 10:30

As the number and percent of older people in developed countries continues to grow,tomorrow’s recreation and leisure professionals will be more challenged than ever to meet the needs of an increasingly older and culturally diverse population.

Written for students, professors and professionals in recreation, leisure, gerontology and ageing, Leisure and Aging provides a wealth of knowledge on various aspects of life for older people and the role of leisure within it.

It helps students think critically about a phase of life that seems remote from their own and provides a perspective to their understanding of ageing and leisure.

Price: £39.99 I €48.00
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WCAA registration is now open

5 December 2011, 09:14

8th Annual World Congress on Active Ageing
A Celebration of Inclusion and Diversity in Active Ageing

13th to 17th August, 2012

The online registration system is now open and delegates can register for the Congress via the 8th World Congress on the Active Ageing website.

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World Congress on Active Ageing

10 November 2011, 09:45

8th Annual World Congress on Active Ageing
A Celebration of Inclusion and Diversity in Active Ageing

13th to 17th August, 2012

The 8th World Congress on Active Ageing will highlight the benefits and availability of physical activity and exercise opportunities for those entering old age, to those in the transitional phase and in particular, the needs of the oldest and frailest population.

Over 2,000 delegates from every professional sector and academic discipline associated with sport, physical education, exercise, physical activity and sports medicine are expected to attend this event

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Free Webinars

21 June 2011, 01:00

Human Kinetics has organized a rolling programme of free, online webinars which will address a variety of topics and resources relating to sports, coaching, health, fitness, nutrition, training, physical education, recreation and more.

From the comfort of your home or office, you have access to these live Web-based presentations conducted by leading minds in their respective areas of expertise.

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Park and Recreation Professional’s Handbook

10 January 2011, 11:50

Whether you’re a student, a newly graduated professional or an experienced practitioner looking to update your knowledge of current best practices, The Park and Recreation Professional’s Handbook is the one resource you will need.

The Park and Recreation Professional’s Handbook offers a thorough grounding in all areas of programming, leadership, operations management, administration and professionalism that will serve as the foundation for success in the profession.

It contains genuine examples from a variety of commercial, nonprofit and public-sector agencies that will help students better understand the basic concepts and provide professionals with fresh ideas for use in their own organizations.

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Get a new position

25 November 2009, 09:58

Career Development in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism: A Positioning Approach outlines a step-by-step plan for career development based on the technique of positioning.

In contrast to traditional job search methods, the positioning approach shows how to increase the chances of securing a preferred job by placing yourself close to the person with whom you want to work, the place or organization where you want to work, or the position that fulfills your career goals.

Whether just beginning a course of study or entering the profession, Career Development in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism: A Positioning Approach will help readers develop the skills and tools to get the job they want.

Price: £29.50 I €35.40

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Academic News November 2008

21 November 2008, 13:15
In the November Issue there is news of important updates to two of Human Kinetics’ most popular titles and a brand new book designed to help those involved in recreation, events and tourism

Applied Anatomy and Biomechanics in Sport, Second Edition and Clinical Exercise Physiology, Second Edition, both contain updated and revised information to reflect recent advances in their respective areas.

The great news is that all three of these new titles along with all other Human Kinetics’ books and DVDs are now available at a really generous 20% discount until the 31st December 2008.

But please note, if you’re ordering books for use as Christmas gifts, orders should reach us no later than Wednesday 17th December

For deliveries to Europe you can contact us up to Monday 8th December to order for delivery by airmail.
Cost of delivery will be confirmed at time of ordering.

To claim your 20% discount you MUST quote Mail Code R651 when ordering. We need this to process your discount – you’ll be prompted for the Mail Code at the very top of the shopping cart page. Alternatively, call our order hotline on 0113 255 5665.


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  • Product of the month…
  • Combining high-force strength training with aerobics helps diabetics
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology updated
  • Uncover the keys to business success in the commercial recreation, event and tourism sector
  • London’s O2 Arena considered as an athletics venue
  • When does a substance become performance enhancing?
  • Dates for your diary
  • Academic News inspection copy requests


    Product of the month…
    Applied Anatomy and Biomechanics in Sport, Second Edition is the textbook of choice for many students enrolled in sports science curriculums who have already completed a structural anatomy course, including future physical education teachers and coaches.It is also an invaluable reference for coaches, physical education teachers and sport scientists with an interest in studying components of athletic ability.This completely revised second edition concentrates on the various ways in which an athlete, whether the average participant or the elite competitor, can modify technique to achieve optimal performance.    The text also considers growth, development and gender and makes readers aware of mechanical overstresses that can impair performance and cause injuries.

    Applied Anatomy and Biomechanics in Sport, Second Edition is designed with practical application in mind. It includes chapter contributions by respected sport scientists presenting recent research and cutting-edge information on relevant topics.

    Applied Anatomy and Biomechanics in Sport relies on current research findings and proven methods in developing physical athletic performance to help readers learn to recognise and use appropriate methods to develop optimal physical qualities for skilled performance.

    The text categorizes 30 international sports into nine distinct groups organized by common features.

    The applied nature of the content is enhanced through a building-block approach that facilitates the understanding of the elements of human performance and how the interaction of those elements can be fine- tuned.

    Using this text, readers can integrate and apply the elements of body structure, body composition, assessment, physiology and Biomechanics to assess current capabilities and enhance the performance of athletes.

    Supplementary Instructional Materials
    To support the book, a number of ancillaries are available FREE to Course Adopters.
    See them here

    Test package Created with Respondus 2.0 and features more than 300 multiple-choice questions. Instructions for downloading a free version of Respondus are included.

    Image bank
    Features hundreds of full-colour PowerPoint slides that contain most of the figures, content photos, and tables from the text, sorted by chapter. The images can be used to develop a customised presentation based on specific course requirements. A blank PowerPoint template is also provided, along with easy-to-follow instructions for quickly creating a presentation.

    £32.00 (43.20 Euros)



    Applied Anatomy and Biomechanics in Sport covers the latest assessment techniques used by exercise and sport science specialists to evaluate human physiques, physical capacities and sport techniques.Within each group, techniques that improve performance are analysed with specific examples given from a variety of international coaches.

    Its emphasis on athletic assessment and physical capacity modification provides a unique perspective that will help coaches and other sport professionals appraise the body structure of their athletes so that strengths can be fully utilised and weaknesses improved.


    Combining high-force strength training with aerobics helps diabetics
    Older adults exercising

    Patients with diabetes who participate in a programme combining aerobic and high-force eccentric resistance exercise demonstrate improvements in glucose control, physical performance and body fat composition, according to a study published in the November 2008 issue of Physical Therapy, the scientific journal of the American Physical Therapy Association.

    “Although aerobic exercise is what is typically recommended for treating people with diabetes, this study shows that adding a high-force strength training component has significant advantages.” says APTA spokesperson Robin L. Marcus, PT, Ph.D., OCS, assistant professor at the University’s Department of Physical Therapy and the study’s lead researcher.

    The onset of type 2 diabetes – a chronic illness marked by decreased insulin sensitivity and overall poor glucose control – is known to be fostered by decreased physical activity.

    After 3 months, researchers found that both groups showed improved glucose control and physical performance in a 6-minute walk, as well as a decrease in fat composition within the leg muscles.

    However the patients who did both aerobic and resistance exercise had additional improvements, most notably a decreased overall BMI and a gain in leg muscle.
    ”Adding resistance training to the diabetes treatment regimen leads to improved thigh lean tissue which in turn may be an important way for patients to increase resting metabolic rate, protein reserve, exercise tolerance and functional mobility.”

    “Although aerobic exercise is still key in treating diabetes, it should not be used in isolation,” Marcus observes. “As people age, they lose muscle mass and, subsequently, mobility, resulting in a greater risk of falls.”The study evaluated 15 people with type 2 diabetes who participated in a 16-week supervised exercise training programme: seven in a combined aerobic and eccentric resistance exercise programme and eight in a programme of aerobic exercise only.

    Source: Medical News Today  



    Uncover the keys to business success in the commercial recreation, event and tourism sector

    Recreation, Event, and Tourism Businesses: Start-Up and Sustainable Operations uncovers the keys to business success in the commercial recreation, event and tourism sector – one of the fastest-growing segments in the tourism and recreation industry.

    Until now, students, professors and professionals interested in this growing industry have been forced to rely on general business or basic recreation texts as their main reference source.

    With Recreation, Event, and Tourism Businesses, the authors have combined their expertise both as business owners and professors, to offer a comprehensive and industry-specific textbook and step-by-step guide for new business start-ups.

    Written from both entrepreneurial and operations management perspectives, the book provides a practical overview of the recreation, event and tourism (RET) field and the business planning process.

    A new conceptual model of the RET industry is presented and related to existing models. It explains how the industry works and examines the key components of commercial RET businesses. It also describes how companies are started, operated, and managed, including information on service issues, risk management, finance, and marketing. It also provides examples of how RET businesses can be operated in a more sustainable, environmentally friendly manner.

    Many of the topics covered in this book are key learning components for people wishing to obtain certification as a commercial recreation professional.

    Recreation, Event, and Tourism Businesses provides students with practical business concepts and content that link to the core principles of the RET field, so that they will be professionally prepared to deliver appropriate services.

    They will explore contemporary management practices while discovering the diverse career opportunities available in the RET industry. 

    Supplementary Instructional Materials

    A range of Free ancillaries are available to course adopters

    Instructor guide
    The instructor guide contains sample course syllabi, chapter outlines, discussion questions, and direct links to additional resources on the Internet.

    Test package
    The test package consists of over 200 ready-made multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, true-and-false, and essay and short-answer questions that cover content from all 13 chapters.


    Presentation package
    The presentation package includes nearly 300 slides covering all 13 chapters in PowerPoint format.


    Price: £29.00 (39.15 Euros)

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    London’s O2 Arena considered as an athletics venue
    O2 Arena

    The venue on the River Thames at Greenwich, which was formerly known as The Millennium Dome, will stage gymnastics and the basketball finals at London 2012 and is already used to hosting world championship boxing.

    The O2 Arena, one of Europe’s premier concert venues, is adaptable enough for Phil Beard, the chairman of sport for the owners, AEG Europe, to consider the possibility of cricket, rugby and even swimming to join athletics in moving indoors.

    Ed Warner, the chairman of UK Athletics, claims the time could be right for looking at new ways to present running, jumping and throwing without the necessity of having a 200m track, the type used for conventional indoor athletics.

    He added: “People are getting choosier about what they watch and have to believe that what they are seeing is important. That is true for all sports.”

    Warner and Beard are still discussing ideas and any move to take athletics into the O2 Arena would not be confined to the winter months.

    Source: Daily Telegraph

    When does a substance become performance enhancing?



    Why would healthy twenty-something professional athletes need to take an average of nearly two doses of (legal) drugs or ‘nutritional supplements’ before every match?


    A study commissioned by Fifa and published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine raises that question.


    The team doctors of each nation competing in the past two Football World Cups were asked to list all medicines and supplements given to players in the 72 hours before a game. The results reveal the kind of pill-popping of which Hunter S. Thompson would have been proud.

    The average player took 0.8 doses of legal pharmaceuticals (including analgesics, corticosteroids and psycho-tropic drugs) and one dose of nutritional supplements before every game.

    The study doesn’t break the data down by country or players, although it does indicate that reserves took fewer substances than starters.

    Also, because we only know the averages, it’s entirely possible that some countries hardly administered anything to their players, while others gave them in much higher numbers. Indeed, one unidentified national team gave each of their players an average of 7.4 nutritional supplements a match in the 2006 competition.

    Some pieces of data are considered worrying.
    For example NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), are usually prescribed as pain-killers.
    Some players were given as many as five preparations of NSAIDs before a match, despite the long-term intake of these substances being linked to dehydration, kidney problems and complications in the healing process.

    But, as NSAIDs reduce inflammation and muscles that are not inflamed perform more efficiently, could this be interpreted as being a case of performance enhancement?
    From a medical perspective, it’s a rather grey area, the study finds.

    It is also worth noting that the data covers only substances administered in the 72 hours before a game and that it was voluntarily submitted by the team doctors.

    Therefore it’s entirely possible that some of these physicians might have been unaware of the range of substances given to the players. This is especially the case when it comes to nutritional supplements, which according to the study are often taken at the urging of the coach and not the team doctor or dietician.

    As the report highlights, sustained and continued use of legal pharmaceuticals and nutritional supplements can have ‘detrimental effects’. But then so too can illegal performance-enhancing drugs, which is why they are banned in the first place.

    So, while the former are OK, the latter are banned.
    But why? Quite simply because we have to draw the line somewhere, but on what basis do we draw that line?
    By how much the athletes stand to gain?
    By how much damage they potentially do to their bodies?


    The scale of the whole thing leads you to one of two possible conclusions.
    Either World Cup footballers are an inherently sickly bunch who need supplements and medicines to stay healthy, or some team doctors are following the letter – not the spirit – of the law when it comes to using drugs to boost performance.


    Source: The Times




    Dates for your diary

    BASES On-line Q&A Sessions
    A unique online opportunity to join sport and exercise science experts and benefit from their experiences and opinions.
    The Q&A sessions are like instant messaging, but designed for groups.
    The sessions will last for an hour and each one will take up to 50 simultaneous guests and advance registration is required.
    Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

    Find out more or register

    The NWHPAF’s Annual conference for 2008
    This year’s conference will focus on inspirational ideas, programmes, networks and partnerships and aims to stimulate information sharing, networking and learning.
    Thursday 27th November 2008 The Contemporary Urban Centre (CUC), Novas Scarman Building,
    41 – 51 Greenland Street, Liverpool, L1 0BS

    For more information

    tenniscoachUK Annual Conference
    24th – 25th November Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, Buckinghamshire,
    Limited availability remains for this event which features top class speakers such as Brett Hobden, Steve Green, Mike Walker and Mark Cox. Coaches can attend both days as resident or non- resident and can also choose to attend just one of the two days.

    The Annual Newsletter of the British Heart Foundation
    This informative newsletter is now available for download
    tenniscoachUK Annual Conference
    24th – 25th November Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, Buckinghamshire,
    Limited availability remains for this event which features top class speakers such as Brett Hobden, Steve Green, Mike Walker and Mark Cox. Coaches can attend both days as resident or non- resident and can also choose to attend just one of the two days.

    Download the newsletter


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