To read this content please select one of the options below:

Sport and disaster relief: a content analysis

Yuhei Inoue (School of Kinesiology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States.)
Cody T Havard (Health and Sport Sciences, The University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennesse, United States.)

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Article publication date: 1 June 2015




The purpose of this paper is to explore disaster relief activities implemented by high-profile sport organisations and athletes.


In total, 70 newspaper and magazine articles reporting the disaster relief efforts of sport organisations and athletes in various regions were identified and analysed through a content analysis.


The authors find 11 forms of activities that sport organisations and athletes have implemented to provide social support in post-disaster situations. These forms are classified based on type of post-disaster social support: eight forms are categorised as tangible support, while the other three are categorised as emotional support.

Research limitations/implications

The findings are based on the analysis of the news media that predominantly reported North American cases, and the current list of disaster relief activities may exclude some activities ignored by these specific data sources. Using the forms of disaster relief activities identified in this study as an initial framework, future studies should engage in the focused analysis of disaster response among sport organisations and athletes.

Practical implications

The comprehensive list of the disaster relief activities identified by this study should aid the decision-making of sport organisations and athletes in facing disasters and enable them to better prepare for their disaster response.


This study reveals the extensiveness and uniqueness of disaster relief activities currently implemented by sport organisations and athletes.



We would like to thank Brad Pope for his assistance in the data collection and analysis process of this study.


Inoue, Y. and Havard, C.T. (2015), "Sport and disaster relief: a content analysis", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 24 No. 3, pp. 355-368.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2015, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Related articles