Published in Schole: A Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education, Volume 25, January 1, 2010, pages 1-10.
NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Kerri Schwab was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
In this article we examine sport and recreation's collaborative potential. We begin by identifying some differences between the two fields of study and by acknowledging what heretofore have been some inherent incompatibilities. We discuss how these differences and incompatibilities might be overcome through a paradigm shift based on the fields' common appreciation of the importance of play. We then demonstrate the collaborative potential by illustrating the relevance of play to ameliorating the pervasive obesity problem confronting contemporary society. We conclude by suggesting that an alliance between sport and recreation may result in synergistic effects that strengthen their respective standing within higher education by enhancing contributions to public policy formation, opening new avenues for research, increasing opportunities for research funding, and improving academic offerings.
Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration