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8th Asia Pacific Conference on Exercise and Sports Science 2017

Invited Speakers 

Name: Michael E. Pfahl, PhD.
Position: Associate Professor
Adress: Department of Sports Administration, Ohio University
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Dr. Pfahl is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sports Administration at Ohio University (United States). He holds a Ph.D. in Relating & Organizing (Ohio University), an M.A. in Relating & Organizing (Ohio University), and M.B.A. in Management (University of Toledo), and a B.B.A. in Marketing and International Business (Ohio University). His current research interests are conducted primarily from a qualitative perspective and include the convergence of media, technology and sport, strategic approaches to links between the natural environment and sport, and human resource issues in sport organizations. He is the author of Sport and the Natural Environment: A Handbook for Sport Managers, co-author of Sport Management and the Natural Environment: Theory and Practice along with various other book chapters and scholarly articles in journals such as the Journal of Sport Management, Sport Management Review, Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise, and Health, Sport in Society. He regularly presents at academic conferences and conducted consulting activities for sport organizations around the world including the Cleveland Cavaliers (United States). Before taking his current position with Ohio University, he taught Management and Marketing courses in the International Colleges of Yonok College and Bangkok University, both in Thailand. His non-academic work experience includes working for the Cleveland Cavaliers (basketball), Players Management Inc. (sport agency), and the Cleveland Lumberjacks (ice hockey).

Common Unity: The Natural Environment, Our Communities, and Sport

This presentation will illustrate the threads that tie the world of sport, broadly defined, to the natural environment, and the responsibilities inherent in those connections. Sport here, is defined across recreation, amateur, professional, and community levels. The natural environment facilitates many sport and recreational activities; transforming what we are able to do for health, fitness, wellness, and enjoyment while simultaneously being transformed itself by our activities. The presentation will provide background on the sport – natural environment linkages, the role of sport organization personnel in working with(in) the natural environment, and the connections to local communities that should be strengthened in order improve the health and well being of communities.


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