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Download PDF Abstract Participation in organized sports provides an opportunity for young people to increase their physical activity and develop physical and social skills. However, when the demands and expectations of organized sports exceed the maturation and readiness of the participant, the positive aspects of participation can be negated.
The nature of parental or adult involvement can also influence the degree to which participation in organized sports is a positive experience for preadolescents. This updates a previous policy statement on athletics for preadolescents and incorporates guidelines for sports participation for preschool children.
However, the younger the participant, the greater the concern about safety and benefits. The involvement of preadolescents in organized sports is a relatively recent phenomenon. In the early 20th century, physical activity was a more regular part of life for the average child.
Sports and games provided an additional outlet for physical activity and were characterized by play that was generally spontaneous, unstructured, and without adult involvement. Participation in such sports and games allowed for development of motor skills, social interaction, creativity, and enjoyment for participants.
The starting age for organized sports programs has also evolved to the point that infant and preschool training programs are now available for many sports. Organization of sports has potential benefits of coaching, supervision, safety rules, and proper equipment but can also create demands and expectations that exceed the readiness and capabilities of young participants.
Organization can also shift the focus to goals that are not necessarily child oriented.
Clearly, the nature of the organization can determine if it has a positive or negative influence. This statement is an update to a previous policy statement on athletics for preadolescents 1 and incorporates guidelines for sports participation for preschool children. Because children are beginning to train and compete at earlier ages, there is increasing concern about potential negative effects on growth and maturation.
Reports of gymnasts and divers with short stature or ballet dancers with lean body types or late menarche have contributed to such concerns. Despite such reports, it is unclear if these characteristics were a result of intensive training or other factors, such as dietary practices, psychological and emotional stress, or selection bias for the sport.
Even with coaches available to teach rules and skills of a sport, children may not be ready to learn or understand what is being taught. Furthermore, many coaches are not equipped to deal with the needs or abilities of children.
Basic motor skills, such as throwing, catching, kicking, and hitting a ball, do not develop sooner simply as a result of introducing them to children at an earlier age. Educational programs are available for youth sports coaches, but most coaches do not participate.
Nonetheless, coaches may still try to teach what often cannot be learned and blame resulting failures on shortcomings of athletes or themselves. However, in organized sports, inappropriate or overzealous parental or adult influences can have negative effects.
Tournaments, all-star teams, most valuable player awards, trophies, and awards banquets are by-products of adult influences. BENEFITS In contrast to unstructured or free play, participation in organized sports provides a greater opportunity to develop rules specifically designed for health and safety.
Organization can allow for the establishment of developmentally sound criteria for determining readiness to play. Organization can also allow for a fair process in choosing teams, 6 matching competitors, 7 and enforcing rules.
Rules specifically targeted at younger athletes can reduce injuries.
Recommendations have been made to limit dangerous practices, such as headfirst sliding in baseball 8 and body checking in hockey. In this regard, the effects of organization provide positive environments for young participants. Unfortunately, not all youth sports participants have access to all known safety measures.
Furthermore, a great deal remains to be learned about safety in youth sports. Additional resources are needed to study injury prevention and ensure that all participants will benefit from existing safety measures.
The prospects for additional development and implementation of safety measures are far greater for organized sports than for unstructured free play. Despite many potential benefits of organization, there is no consensus as to the overall value of organized sports for preadolescents.
A return to the days of free play has been suggested as one means to eliminate negative aspects of organized sports. Unfortunately, the days when children had the time, opportunity, or inclination to play in neighborhoods or local parks have passed.
School-based physical education programs have also been reduced throughout the years and can no longer be relied on to provide adequate levels of healthy activity.
There is a greater need to protect opportunities for structured and unstructured physical activity for children. Organized sports may not provide all physical activity needs but can be a viable means to increase activity levels in children and, hopefully, lead to the adoption of active lifestyles as adults.When the demands of a sport exceed a child's cognitive and physical development, the child may develop feelings of failure and frustration.
Even with coaches available to teach rules and skills of a sport, children may not be ready to learn or understand what is being taught. sport, it is a clear example of how sport can influence and interact with many facets of a society.
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