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Research and issues in sport and recreation

We often don't consider the real value of sport and recreation in our everyday lives. While we can easily acknowledge the physical benefits from being involved in sport and active recreation there are also many other benefits.

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Research in Sport and Recreation

Centre for Sport and Recreation Research openingPartnership delivers new centre for sport and recreation research

The Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR) and Curtin University of Technology have jointly established a specialist research centre in sport and recreation.

Based at the university's Bentley campus, the centre is believed to be the first in Australia.

The department advocates and supports projects to strengthen communities through sport and recreation.
A list of relevant websites and research articles for information about some emerging trends and issues in recreation.
This external link contains Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines including links to brochures, tips and ideas and evidence review reports.
Dr Karen Martin, School of Population Health, The University of Western Australia May 2010
Independent report March 2010.
Sport and recreation has a bigger role in our everyday lives than we think.
Gillian Street and Ray James: Mentally Healthy WA Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer Control, Curtin University

Research links

The ABS publishes several publications and articles relevant to Sport and Recreation
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) collect and publish statistics on a number of issues relating to sport and recreation including participation, expenditure, international trade, employment, earnings, volunteers, attendance, retailing, manufacturi
Australian Sports Commission Information Centre (library) website
Publications and reports from the CASRO Research Group
Census data provides a snapshot of information about the Australian population and its characteristics.
The theme page contains statistical data related to recreation, leisure and sport.
The Exercise, Recreation and Sport Survey (ERASS) is a joint initiative of the Australian Sports Commission and the state and territory government agencies responsible for sport and recreation, that was first conducted in 2001.
A list of relevant websites and research articles for information about some emerging trends and issues in recreation.

Hot topics in Sport and Recreation

Event order under the Major Events (Aerial Advertising) Act 2009
All children should have the opportunity to participate in child-safe environments and be free to take part in sport and recreation without exposure to the risk of child abuse.
How climate change is affecting sport and recreation now and in the future.
The Western Australian Government has stated that drug cheats operate well outside the spirit of competition that Western Australians have come to accept.
Everyone has the right to participate in a sport and recreation environment that is fun, safe and healthy and to be treated with respect, dignity and fairness.
It has been twenty-one years since a dedicated review was undertaken of country sport and recreation in Western Australia. In that period there has been rapid change across Western Australia's social, economic and environmental contexts.
A review of recreation in drinking water catchments in South Western Australia.
Any form of violent behaviour outside the rules of a sport or recreational activity should not be condoned. Organisations need to clearly articulate their stance on violent behaviour.
The Department supports initiatives that aim to minimise the risk of children being harmed within the sport and recreation industry.

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