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Sport involvement: A conceptual and empirical analysis

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  • Beaton, Anthony A.
  • Funk, Daniel C.
  • Ridinger, Lynn
  • Jordan, Jeremy
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    The conceptual roots of involvement are considered to better understand the construct's use in sport management research and practice. Sport involvement is conceptualized as a multifaceted construct representing the degree to which participation in a sport activity becomes a central component of a person's life and provides both hedonic and symbolic value. An empirical analysis of marathon runners (NÂ =Â 3117) was conducted using three involvement facets of hedonic value, centrality and symbolic value to classify participants into theoretically meaningful groups within the broader, stage-based theoretical framework of the Psychological Continuum Model. The classification revealed behavioural differences suggesting runners with stronger psychological connections increasingly engage in the frequency, depth and breadth of running-related behaviours. Managerial implications are discussed.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Sport Management Review.

    Volume (Year): 14 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 2 (May)
    Pages: 126-140

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    Keywords: Involvement Sport Segmentation;

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