The sport system. Threats and opportunities

Javier Olivera Betrán

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Olivera Betrán, J. (2006). The sport system. Threats and opportunities. Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 85, 3-6.



Applying the theory of systems of Ludwig Von Bertalanffy, sport is a system. In a system there is a group of units interrelated in such way that the behaviour of each part depends of the state of the others, since all of them are in a structure which interconnects them. In the systemic point of view, the traditional concept of energy is replaced by the one of information, and the one of cause and effect by the one of structure and realimentation.  Sport is a total social reality, and it participates in an implicit and/or explicit way in the more diverse human processes through different procedures which correspond to our social-cultural organization. Sport is configured in high complexity structures, which are constituted by systems of systems who’s understanding and study represent a terrific challenge. The study of sport as a systema must be done from the structural and systematic logic through which it will allow us to investiagte with its success its essential configuration, its fundamental elements, and the interaction process with the subsystems which belong to the sport system and with the other social-cultural dominant systems. Sport is a dynamic system which constantly interacts through a double process, intrinsic through a constant metamorphosis between the different subsystems which integrate it and extrinsic through means of a permanent adjustment with the social, cultural, and environmental context.

ISSN: 1577-4015

Published: July 1, 2006