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Questioning the continuum: specialization in rock climbing

Author(s):

Sean Nelb
Rudy M. Schuster

Year:

2008

Publication type:

Other

Primary Station(s):

Northern Research Station

Source:

In: LeBlanc, Cherie; Vogt, Christine, comps. Proceedings of the 2007 northeastern recreation research symposium; 2007 April 15-17; Bolton Landing, NY. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-23. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 204-209.

Description

Recreation specialization was originally conceived as a behavioral continuum ranging from general to more particular behaviors within an activity. It was assumed that an individual progressed from one subactivity to another in a hierarchical order. In recent years the practicality of such ordering has come under doubt; it may be possible to specialize in individual subactivities without progressing through a hierarchy. The objective of this research was to examine specialization in the activity of rock climbing by testing whether the arrangement of subactivities along a continuum was appropriate or whether an alternate conception of specialization should be employed.

Citation

Nelb, Sean; Schuster, Rudy M. 2008. Questioning the continuum: specialization in rock climbing. In: LeBlanc, Cherie; Vogt, Christine, comps. Proceedings of the 2007 northeastern recreation research symposium; 2007 April 15-17; Bolton Landing, NY. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-23. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 204-209.

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