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1 The set point or reference point in a system that has its output maintained at a constant level. For example, the norm for body core temperature is approximately 37 °C. See also homeostasis.

2 An empirically established standard. Sometimes the norm refers to the normal or average value

3 A social rule, regulation, law, or informal agreement that prescribes and regulates behaviour in a particular situation; violations of norms are subject to sanctions. Many sports sociologists consider that harmonious social interactions within teams are dependent on these shared expectations and obligations. Compare values.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.


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