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Youth sports in America : the most important issues in youth sports today  Cover Image Book Book

Youth sports in America : the most important issues in youth sports today / Skye G. Arthur-Banning, editor ; P. Brian Greenwood and Mary Sara Wells, associate editors.


As organized youth sports occupy an ever-greater role in the lives of American families, critics have begun to question whether some programs and participants have lost their way. This timely book examines the state of youth sports in America today, analyzing how organized sports influence communities, discussing the potential emotional and physical benefits as well as drawbacks of youth sports, and profiling the industry's key participants, ranging from parent coaches to club sports owners to personal trainers. The work begins with a look at the evolution of youth sports in the United States, then explores such topics as burnout, self-discipline, performance-enhancing drugs, parental violence, and scholarships. The content includes coverage of 20 individual youth sports, such as basketball, softball, lacrosse, baseball, volleyball, football, soccer, cross-country, and swimming, and provides breakdowns of historical and current participation rates, injury rates, and sport-specific scholarship trends. Each summary includes contact information on important organizations specific to that sport. -- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781440843013
  • ISBN: 1440843015
  • Physical Description: viii, 412 pages ; 27 cm
  • Publisher: Santa Barbara, California : ABC-CLIO, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2018]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Adaptive sports -- body image and eating disorders -- Boys in sports -- Bullying -- Burnout among child and adolescent athletes -- Character development -- Coach training and education -- College scholarships and recruiting -- Community recreation programs -- Competitive balance -- Concussions -- Coping with failure -- Development of youth in mind and body -- Economic impact of youth sports tournaments -- Forced exertion -- Gender identity and inclusion -- Girls in sports -- Goal setting for performance enhancement -- Hazing -- Healthy competition -- Low-income minority youth -- Media coverage and representation -- Officiating youth sports -- Parent education -- Parental pressure -- Parents in fan and coaching contexts -- Pay-to-play -- Performance-enhancing drugs -- Personal trainers and other consultants -- Role models -- Role of play in sports-based youth development -- Sexual and physical abuse -- Sexual orientation and inclusion -- Single sport specialization versus sampling -- Sports-based youth development (SBYD) movement -- Substance abuse -- Travel-club teams -- Appendix: Popular youth sports in the United States.
Subject: Sports for children > United States.

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