NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: ED194463
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Sports and the Young Athlete: A Family Practice Perspective.
McKeag, Douglas B.
This document investigates the physical and psychological effects of sport-intensive training for children. The following questions are addressed as a preamble to tentative conclusions: (1) Is such training a hazard to the developing bones of the preadolescent? (2) Are there any special nutritional or thermoregulatory considerations for children in training? (3) Do growth and development benefit from training or are they impeded by such a regimen? (4) What are the psychological effects and ramifications of participation at a young age in any organized sport? and (5) What are children's norms, and how far can they drive themselves or be driven by others? The emphasis, organization, and long term benefits of much that constitutes organized children's sports today are questioned. The point is made that pressure to win in team sports is an adult creation and that the vast majority of children competing in sports are participating for the sake of having fun and not winning. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A