Momentum shift : the impact of sport on American and Australian culture : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)

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Morrison, Mike
Jutte, Lisa S.
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Thesis (B.?.)
Honors College
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Australia is a land of mystery to many people. Movies like Crocodile Dundee and the legendary stories of the Outback have given the largest nation island on earth an air of wonderment. I had always been intrigued by Australia and in May of 2009 I got a chance to experience it first hand on a Sports Medicine Field Study through Ball State University. Since my career focus is not directly in the treatment aspect of sports medicine I was much more interested in Australian culture and more specifically and how it pertained to sports performance and athletics. I have been heavily involved in athletics since a young age and have continued that interest in college as an Exercise Science major. I hope to one day be a sports performance coach for a major university's athletics program. Therefore, I spent much of my time exploring Australia's sporting culture, most specifically the sports of surfing, cricket, and rugby as those were the sports which with I had the most contact. In the following pages I will compare and contrast the impact sports can have on both cultures, provide some historical context for the sports being reviewed and relate them to my own personal experience.