Sport, Childhood

  • Steven Danish
  • Ken Hodge
  • Ihirangi Heke
  • Tanya Taylor


Considerable evidence exists to support the positive physical and mental health benefits that accrue from participation in sport and physical activity (ISSP, 1992; US Surgeon General Report, 1996). There are many reasons young athletes give for participating in sport: having fun, seeking affiliation, demonstrating power, improving skills, pursuing excellence, exhibiting aggression, having something to do, experiencing thrills or excitement, being independent, receiving rewards, fulfilling parental expectations, and winning. However, while there are multiple motives, the most common are to improve skills (i.e., develop physical competency through a task orientation), to have fun, and to be with friends or make new friends (i.e., develop social competency through peer relations) (Athletic Footwear Association, 1990; Weiss & Petlichkoff, 1989). Thus, if sport is to be an attractive activity for youth, it must provide opportunities for competency building and enjoyment.


Physical Activity Life Skill Adolescent Athlete Applied Social Psychology Sport Psychology 
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  • Steven Danish
  • Ken Hodge
  • Ihirangi Heke
  • Tanya Taylor

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