Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Sport and Exercise in Families

  • Michele KerulisEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_1154

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Sport and Exercise in Families


Exercise psychology; Sport psychology


An aspect of a joyful family life includes recreational interactions during which families engage in healthy and creative activities together. People across the globe have deep cultural traditions of participating in sports and exercise as ways to celebrate individuals and communities. Traditions like tee-ball help children develop gross and fine motor skills, skills related to cooperation, and communication skills that can be incorporated not only into sports but in other areas of life. There are a multitude of developmentally appropriate activities, including basic to advanced skill sets, that families can enjoy together. Additionally, through creatively prescribing sports and physical activities, clinicians can help family members learn how to have positive family interactions, enhance communication skills, and teach values to enhance families’ overall outlook on modeling healthy...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Margarita Tarragona
    • 1
  • Bahareh Sahebi
    • 2
  1. 1.PositivaMente & Grupo Campos ElíseosMexico CityMexico
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA