A student interested in gaining a solid understanding of the development of physical activity programs today might want to pursue study in the Sport History discipline.
Sport Historians provide physical activity professionals with a description and analysis of sport within societies and time periods throughout history so that we know where we’ve been, how we got here, and most importantly, some insight into where we are headed.
Societies and their physical activity patterns that have had important implications for today are:
- Ancient Greece
- The Roman Republic
- Medieval Europe
- The Renaissance
- The Reformation
- The rise of German Nationalism
- The British Amateur Sport Ideal
- Muscular Christianity
Students looking to learn more about Sport History can visit the North American Society for Sport History.
An enjoyable web site examining the ancient Olympic games can be found at: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/olympics.