ERIC Number: EJ1028596
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Reference Count: 1
Does Participation in Youth Sport Influence Sport and Physical Activity in Young Adulthood?
Provence, Jeremy E.
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, v84 n7 p25 2013
The purpose of Russell and Limle's (2013) study was to determine whether youth-sport specialization and retrospective recall of youth-sport experiences were related to participants' perceptions of and participation in sport and physical activity as young adults. A significant number of participants (76 percent) reported specializing in five major team sports, including basketball, soccer, football, softball, and baseball. Results comparing participants' specialization classification with their physical activity enjoyment were not significant. Also, comparisons of current exercise frequency based on youth-sport specialization were not significant. However, the relationship between sport specialization as young athletes and current sport participation as young adults was significant. This indicates that those who participated in a single sport as young athletes were less likely to participate in sports as young adults when compared to those who participated in multiple sports as a young athlete.
Descriptors: Young Adults, Youth Programs, Participation, Physical Activity Level, Influences, Athletics, Questionnaires, Student Surveys, Athletes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education; Secondary Education
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