Journal of
Physical Education and Sport Management

  • Abbreviation: J. Phys. Educ. Sport Manag.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6486
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPESM
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 75


The multi - dimensional relationship between religion and sport

Jeroh, Eruteyan Joseph
Department of Physical and Health Education, Delta State University, Abraka, Delta State, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Received: 21 June 2011
  •  Accepted: 01 November 2011
  •  Published: 31 January 2012


The paper defines religion and sport as social institutions which have engaged large portions of many societies. The functions of both are highlighted to include social bonding and interaction, promotion of integration as well as socialization. The relationship between religion and sport are reviewed from primitive societies to the reformation, the rise of Protestantism and industrial revolution. It is concluded that the symbiotic relationship between the two should be explored further, studying and exploring factors that may bring peace, unity and cohesion in the country. It is recommended that inter-denominational sports competitions should be encouraged to chart the course toward unity for our youths.


Key words: Institutionalized, supernatural, sacred, anthropomorphic, rituals, sport, religion, review.