Youth in Sports Term Paper by The Research Group

Youth in Sports
Examines positive & negative social, physical, psychological, emotional & educational effects of competitive sports.
# 13540 | 1,800 words | 8 sources | 1999 | US
Published on Jun 27, 2003 in Sport (History) , Child, Youth Issues (General)

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" Society rarely questions the value of youth participation in sports. Many parents force their children to play sports, believing that such activity instills positive values like teamwork, cooperation, and sportsmanship. Mandatory participation in sports is a part of the physical education curriculum in most elementary schools. Yet sports participation can contribute to lowered self-esteem and aggressive, antisocial behavior in some children.

Competitive sports reflect society's value system. Since the United States, for the greater part of its history, has not felt the menace of foreign aggression and has no universal system of military training, sports fulfill the need to develop in youth the principles of offensive and defensive ability. Competition is based on struggle, the survival of the fittest: "Youth sports.."

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