This concise, helpful little book offers a perspective on sports and mental health and a framework which the therapist may find useful in using sports in treatment. The author expresses his viewpoint in the introduction as follows: "To consider play and sports as significant only to the individual would be to miss what may be their greatest value, that is, their function as institutions of control which help maintain social living. People constantly rubbing elbows with their neighbors need social lubricants and sports may be one such lubricant." The author's style is brisk, direct, and mildly authoritarian. The book is engagingly interesting, and rewards the reader with a framework relating sports and mental health.
There are chapters on the history of sports, theories of play and sports, and the evolution of play and sports in different periods in human growth and development. Then