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An Overview of Factors Involved with Youth Sport

What positive and negative factors are involved in youth sport? What are the reasons children give for participating in or withdrawing from sport? This solution answers those questions and discusses the major negative factors associated with youth sport. The Parents' Code of Conduct is also described.

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Approximately 35 million children ages 6-18 participate in sport each year (Cox, 2007). There are many physical and psychological benefits that may be enjoyed through sport participation, but there are also some negative effects. This solution will detail research findings on the positive and negative effects of youth sport.

A great deal of research has been conducted on the motivations of children who participate in sport. Common themes have emerged in the findings. While not every study agrees on all the following reasons for participation, one reason has emerged as the most important to children: to have fun. These are the five most common reasons children give for participating in sport:
1. To have fun and to enjoy participating in sport.
2. To learn new skills and to improve on existing sport skills.
3. To become physically fit and to enjoy good health.
4. To enjoy the challenge and excitement of sports participation and competition.
5. To enjoy a team atmosphere and to be with friends.
This list also serves as an outline for many potential ...

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This solution focuses on youth sport and identifies the reasons children give for participating in and dropping out of sport. The major negative factors associated with youth sport are discussed. The Parents' Code of Conduct is described.

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