Sport’s Function Analysis in Iran's Development

Document Type : Original Article


1 Ph.D. Student of Sport Management, University of Mohaghegh Ardabili, Ardabil, Iran

2 Ph.D. of Sport Management, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran


Purpose: It seems that there are still challenges in the development of sport, and in particular supporting the protective components and prerequisites at the policy level.
Methods: The present study seeks to present a model of the function analysis of sport in Iran's development, which was carried out through proposing a database theory. Participants included 11 faculty members of Sport Management University and sport managers who were selected through a combination of theoretical sampling method and snowball for a semi-structured interview. Interviews continued until theoretical saturation. The credibility of the findings was achieved with knowledgeable individuals and written sources, the transferability of the research results, the maximum and non-repeated extraction of data. An open and selective coding was used to analyze the data.
Results: The results indicate that the most important extracted codes include sport and democracy, sports and social justice, sports and fitness, sports and development, sports and rationality, sports, civilizational phenomenon (social, cultural and political elements of sport), different dimensions of sport , Various functions of the sport were psychological, and vitality and happiness.
Conclusion: Generally this role has played a role through cultural development with the approach of social pluralism, political development, with the establishment of religious democracy in society and the increase in the share of sport in GDP, and ultimately lead to an increase in the vitality of Iranian.