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Introduction to Kinesiology A Sociocultural and Behavioral Perspective

By: Peter Klavora

This textbook is for introductory courses focusing on the sociocultural and behavioral aspects of kinesiology and exercise science. It explores systems, factors, and principles involved in human development within the context of society. The chapters are presented in clear and easy-to-understand language and illustrated with full-color images and figures. Concrete examples and chapter discussion questions emphasize the concepts.

Chapters include: introduction to the field of kinesiology, movement pedagogy, history of human movement, philosophy of sport, technology and sport, sport psychology, sport management and career opportunities. For more details, please explore Related Products and Additional Information sections on this page.

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343 full color, glossy pages

  • 14 chapters
  • 8.5 x 11


Peter Klavora Peter Klavora, PhD

Peter Klavora is an Associate Professor Emeritus from the Faculty of Physical Education and Health at the University of Toronto. Professor Klavora received his degrees from the University of Alberta and the University of British Columbia. For more than three decades, he was committed to teaching motor learning, sport psychology, coaching theory, and statistics and research methods at the University of Toronto. Early in his teaching career, Professor Klavora became interested in publishing in these fields. He authored, coauthored, and creatively edited over 40 texts, activity books, manuals, and guides. He also published 64 papers in refereed scientific and professional journals. Other creative professional work included the development of several innovative products and videos in the field of physical education.

Professor Klavora was an active member and president of the Canadian Society of Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology. He was also an international and national presenter at more than 60 scientific gatherings.

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Table of Contents
CH 01 Introduction
CH 06 Philosophy of Sport
CH 12 The Mental Side
CH 14 Sport Management