Effects of High School Athletics Cause and Effect Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

Effects of High School Athletics
This paper explores the effects of high school athletics on adolescents.
# 117457 | 1,654 words | 7 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Dec 03, 2009 in Education (Physical) , Education (Jr High/High School) , Sport (General)

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The paper looks at the evidence that high school athletics will strengthen a student's leadership skills, will encourage a healthier lifestyle and will promote a higher self-esteem and better relationships with peers. The paper then turns to the reports of the negative psychological effect on adolescent athletes as a result of intimidation and physical and verbal violence. The paper also discusses how participation in high school sports has an effect on the type of sex roles adolescents take on later in life, with female athletes becoming less likely to engage in risky sexual behavior. The paper contends that high schools must continue their athletic programs and encourage active student participation. The paper believes that if coaches and parents were to encourage clean play, than a lot of the problems of violence would dissipate, and, as obesity rates increase, it is vital that importance be placed on physical activity.

From the Paper:

"There have been studies conducted that prove the importance of high school athletics on adolescent males and females. Participants in high school sports show a significant increase in leadership abilities along with a lifelong awareness of the importance of physical activity. Adolescent sports players have been noted to attain higher self-esteem and retain better relationships with their peers. However, there have been reports of problems that can adversely affect adolescent members in the athletic department. Incidents of physical and verbal violence have been known to pose psychological problems on the victims of these assaults. However, if the high school athletic department is properly run, it can impart significant values upon the team participants."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Andre, T., & Holland, A. (1995). Relationship of Sport Participation to Sex Role Orientation and Attitudes toward Women among High School Males and Females. Journal of Sport Behavior, 18(4), 241+.
  • Dobosz, R. P., & Beaty, L. A. (1999). The Relationship between Athletic Participation and High School Students' Leadership Ability. Adolescence, 34(133), 215+.
  • Graustrom, K. (1986). Interactional dynamics between teen-age leaders and followers in the classroom. Journal of School Psychology, 24, 335-341.
  • Ishee, J. H. (2003). Children's Enjoyment of Physical Education. JOPERD--The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 74(9), 6.
  • Naylor, A. H., Gardner, D., & Zaichkowsky, L. (2001). Drug Use Patterns among High School Athletes and Nonathletes. Adolescence, 36(144), 627+.

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