Towards a better understanding of sport. Endogenic and exogenic factors

Javier Olivera Betrán

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Olivera Betrán, J. (2006). Towards a better understanding of sport. Endogenic and exogenic factors. Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 86, 3-6.



The word “sport”, translated (or, better said, incorporated almost literally) to virtually every language of the planet is an authentic global term between all humans around that globalized secular religion which quickly evokes, and with no doubts at all, a practice, a show, or a lifestyle.For the population of out times sport counts as one of the most undoubtable terms of prestige and of both own and from beyond international academic organizations, to define this unmistakeable concept named sport, this one, due to its symbolic complexity, cultural dimension, and social reality, results undefineable. And yet, sport presents endogenic factors which forms an internal logic which is perfectly structured that from the systemic point of view it interacts like an autonomous system appropriate with the external logic, constituted with exogenic factors, which influence over it and viceversa. The congruence between sport’s internal and external logic turn this one into a practice and a show of great social validity, enormous cultural pressence and an identifying symbol of our time.

ISSN: 1577-4015

Published: October 1, 2006