ERIC Number: EJ700816
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Feb-1
Reference Count: 67
Children's Organized Sports: A Developmental Perspective
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD), v75 n2 p35 Feb 2004
Youth sports have become a childhood rite, yet they have a high dropout rate. Given the fact that participation rates decline dramatically as children grow older, coupled with the growing concern about the detrimental effects of a sedentary lifestyle, it is important that a greater understanding of the motivational patterns of children in physical activity be established. This article focuses on some of the psychological, social, and physiological issues that affect children's sports experience from a developmental perspective. The article highlights recent developments in sports pediatric literature and makes recommendations to maximize the positive outcomes and minimize the negative ones.
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Health Promotion, Team Sports, Dropout Rate, Children, Child Development, Developmental Stages
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), 1900 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191. Tel: 800-213-7193, ext. 493 (Toll Free).
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States