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ERIC Number: ED107612
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 16
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Psychological and Physical Implications of Highly Competitive Sports for Children.
Burke, Ed.; Kleiber, Douglas
There is a growing movement toward highly structured, competitive sports for children aged 7-12, who are at a crucial stage of physical and psychological development. Social play and gemes have important socialization and identity-formation functions. One argument supporting highly competitive sports for children is that they provide additional play opportunities. In fact, organized sports may reduce play opportunities, by leading children away from free and spontaneous games. A second argument is that more highly skilled athletes result from highly competitive sports, although this does not seem to be true for team sports. A third argument is that organized sports are safer and healthier than the sandlot variety. There is considerable evidence, however, to support the conclusion that highly competitive sports can be harmful both physiologically and psychologically. Lastly, it is argued that it is socially advantageous for children to learn to compete early. (PB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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