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ERIC Number: ED083153
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Feb
Pages: 18
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An Overview of Organized Athletic Competition Among Pupils of Elementary School Age.
Stier, William F., Jr.
In 1952 the American Association for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (AAHPER) recommended that interschool competition be disapproved for children below the ninth grade; recent AAHPER surveys, however, indicate that highly organized athletic competition exists for today's elementary youth. Although no studies have been made on the long-range effects of athletics on youth and other research results are contradictory, there is evidence that vigorous physical activity for young boys can be beneficial. There is no hard evidence that it is detrimental. Each specific program should be individually evaluated with respect to its potential output in any given situation. Moreover, physical activity must be accompanied by exemplary supervision, both medical and educational. (This speech provides an extensive review of the literature on the physiological and sociological aspects of elementary school athletics and its potential injury problems.) (JA)
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Note: Speech presented to Senior Physical Education Majors at Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, West Virginia