Sports Travel Security

Sports Travel Security

1st Edition - January 18, 2017

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  • Author: Peter Tarlow
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128050996
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128051009

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Sports Team Security examines the security needs for sports teams and events of all sizes. This groundbreaking book provides a fundamental model for sports team security that can be applied almost universally, from youth sports to the Super Bowl and World Cup. The book develops, compares, and contrasts current methodologies in sports security, for both amateur and professional athletes, examining which paradigms work best and under which circumstances. This valuable information is applicable to nearly anyone involved in the safety of athletes, including event managers, law enforcement, parents, school administrators and coaches, security practitioners, tourism industry professionals, and legal professionals. It explores areas rarely investigated, providing key advice for creating best practices and guidelines in sports team security.

Key Features

  • Examines sports team security methodologies, helping to determine which paradigms work best and under which circumstances
  • Provides a generic template for sports team security, with checklists and log sheets provided for each type of system
  • Discusses sports team security in relation to large and small teams, and even in single-player sports, as well as unique requirements to accommodate differences in age, culture, climate, language, geography, religion, and gender
  • Reviews security for special-needs athletes for events like the Special Olympics or Paralympic Games
  • Applies academic and practical knowledge for both security students and practitioners


Physical and Information Corporate Security Managers, Supervisors, Executives, and other Practitioners. Security Management students

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1. Understanding the Issues

    • Abstract
    • Different Types of Athletes and Sporting Events
    • The Sporting Event
    • The Athletic Event as a Spectacle
    • Sports and Violence
    • Issues of Safety, Security, and Surety
    • Sports Risk Management
    • Risk Management Versus Crisis Management
    • Critical Risk Management Steps
    • Analyzing Risk
    • Organizations Dealing With Sports Safety
    • Dedication

    Chapter 2. A Review of Literature

    • Abstract
    • Stereotypes
    • Athletes as Targets of Attack
    • Financial Fraud or Other Financial Losses
    • Issues of Health
    • Eating Disorders and Athletes
    • Immigration Issues in Regard to Athletes’ Safety and Security
    • Issues of Weather and Athletes’ Safety and Security
    • Issues of Heat and Cold on Athletes
    • Heat Exposure
    • Cold Weather Issues
    • Air Pollution and Athletic Travel Health
    • Deep Venous Thrombosis
    • Jet Lag
    • Issues of Physical Security
    • Issues of Stadium Security and Terrorism
    • New Security Challenges
    • Stadium Personnel and Equipment for Athletes’ Safety and Security
    • Legal Issues

    Chapter 3. Sports as a Tourism Attraction

    • Abstract
    • Sports Tourism
    • Making the Sports Tourism Experience Enchanting for Both Athletes and Guests
    • Sports, Tourism, and Social Behavior
    • The Tragic Case of Rio de Janeiro
    • Social and Moral Challenges
    • Prostitution and the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games
    • Blurring Athletic-Sexual Lines Around the World
    • The Barcelona 1992 Olympics
    • The Sydney 2000 Olympics
    • London 2012 Olympics
    • Sports and Economics
    • Sports as an Economic Producer
    • Participatory Sports Tourism
    • Spectator Sports
    • Amateur League Sports
    • Economic Impacts
    • Issues of Quality of Life and Neighborhood Integrity
    • Land Sports Versus Water-Related Sports

    Chapter 4. How Athletes Travel

    • Abstract
    • At the Terminal or Station
    • While Traveling
    • Upon Arrival
    • At Place of Lodging
    • The Not-for-Pleasure Traveler
    • Sports Travel and Travel Stress
    • Student Athletes and Travel Stress
    • Professional Athletes and Travel Stress
    • Food and Nutrition Issues
    • Weight Changes
    • Travel Clothing
    • Travel Arrangers
    • The Sports Travel Agent and Travel Arranger
    • Places of Lodging for Athletes and Athletic Teams
    • Sports Transportation
    • Nonairplane Transportation
    • Private or Rented Cars or Mini Vans
    • Nonmotor-Vehicle Travel
    • Sports Lodging

    Chapter 5. Travel and Terrorism

    • Abstract
    • A Bit of History
    • Terrorism: What Is It and Some of Its Basic Principles
    • Some Reasons for the Interaction between Terrorism and Tourism and Its Impact on Sports Travel
    • Types of Terrorism: A Typology
    • Historic Incidents of Terrorism at Major Sporting Events
    • Types of Security Techniques
    • Some General Principles
    • Risk Management Principles

    Chapter 6. Athletes at Home and on the Road

    • Abstract
    • The University Student-Athlete
    • The Professional Athlete
    • Travel Aids for Athletes
    • Beta-Alanine: Acts as a Buffer in the Muscle
    • Branched-Chain Amino Acids: Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine
    • Caffeine: Mild Central Nervous System Stimulant
    • Carnitine: Found in Muscles and Used for Energy Production
    • Chromium Picolinate: A Mineral, Found in Foods, That Plays a Role in Glucose Utilization
    • Creatine: Found in Muscles and Used for Energy Production
    • Medium-Chain Triglycerides: Fatty Acids
    • Pyruvate: End Product of Carbohydrate Metabolism
    • University Athletes on Travel
    • Issues of Coaches and Students
    • Issues of Student-on-Student Personal Violence
    • Legal Issues
    • Mental Health Issues
    • The World of the Professional Athlete
    • Other Money Issues

    Chapter 7. Security for the Fans and Athletes with Special Needs

    • Abstract
    • Fan Association With Athletes or Athletic Teams
    • Athletes and Spectator Interactions
    • Some Interactions Between Fans and Athletes
    • Spectator Safety at the Stadium
    • Legal Liabilities Toward Fans
    • Legal Issues of Spectator Risk
    • Dealing with Sporting Event Violence
    • The Needs of the Challenged Athlete
    • The Paralympics
    • History of the Paralympics
    • Travel Difficulties for the Disabled
    • International Issues for the Disabled Traveler
    • Ideas to Make the Trip A Bit Easier
    • Information Locations for Handicapped Travelers

    Chapter 8. Athletes at Hotels and Sporting Venues

    • Abstract
    • Hotels and Hotel Security for Athletes
    • Issue of Privacy
    • Venue Security
    • Understanding Risk and Crisis Management
    • Critical Risk Management Steps
    • Types of Stadium Protection
    • Determining Which Type of Risk Is Greatest
    • Alcohol

    Chapter 9. Athletes as Idols

    • Abstract
    • The Athlete as Hero
    • The Media, Negative Publicity, and the Fallen Athletic Hero
    • Issues of Insurance
    • Parades, Sports Figures, and Security
    • Protection of VIPs at Parades

    Chapter 10. Interview

    • Abstract
    • Methodology
    • The Interview Guide
    • The Narratives
    • Hector Enrique Amador Ruiz: Professional Soccer Player
    • Jovana Dimovic: Professional and University Tennis Player
    • Erin Lechler: Volleyball
    • Solomón Libman: Professional Soccer Player
    • Cory Maltz: University Baseball Player; University of New Mexico, USA
    • Seth McKinney: University and Professional Football
    • Anthony (Tony) Paige: University and Professional Football
    • Dinis Resende: European Football (Soccer) (Portugal)
    • Jake Rother: University and Professional Tennis
    • Timothy Speakman: University and Minor League Professional Baseball
    • T. J. Marcum: Kyle Field and Bright Football Complex at Texas A&M University
    • Summary and Analysis
    • Spanish-Language Interview Questions

Product details

  • No. of pages: 296
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2017
  • Published: January 18, 2017
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128050996
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128051009

About the Author

Peter Tarlow

Peter Tarlow

Dr. Peter E. Tarlow is a world-renowned speaker and expert specializing in the impact of crime and terrorism on the tourism industry, event and tourism risk management, and economic development. Since 1990, Tarlow has been teaching courses on tourism, crime, and terrorism to police forces and security and tourism professionals throughout the world. He is also a founder and president of Tourism & More Inc. (T&M).

Tarlow's fluency in many languages enables him to speak throughout the world. He lectures on a wide range of current and future trends in the tourism industry, rural tourism economic development, the gaming industry, issues of crime and terrorism, the role of police departments in urban economic development, and international trade. Tarlow trains numerous police departments throughout the world in TOPPS (Tourism Oriented Policing and Protection Services) and offers certification in this area. He has appeared on nationally televised programs such as Dateline (NBC) and on CNBC, and is a regular guest on radio stations around the United States. Tarlow also organizes conferences dealing with visitor safety and security issues and the economic importance of tourism and tourism marketing.

Tarlow’s research ranges from the impact of school calendars on the tourism industries to tourism ecology and business. These research interests allow Tarlow to work with communities throughout the United States. He researches how communities can use their tourism as an economic development tool during difficult economic times, and at the same time improve their local residents’ quality of life. He also functions as an expert witness in courts throughout the United States on matters concerning tourism security and safety, and issues of risk management.

Tarlow earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Texas A&M University. He also holds degrees in history, Spanish and Hebrew literatures, and psychotherapy. His other publications include Event Risk Management and Safety (Wiley, 2002) and Twenty Years of Tourism Tidbits (Universidad de Especialidades Turísticas, 2010). He has also recently published a book on Cruise Safety (written in Portuguese) entitled Abordagem Multdisciplinar dos Cruzeiros Turísticos. Tarlow also writes and speaks for major organizations such as the Organization of U.S. State Dams, and the International Association of Event Managers.

Affiliations and Expertise

President and founder, Tourism & More

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