The Impact of Sports on Youth

by jfree1 on April 13, 2014 - 12:46pm

The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance analyzed that young people who participate in sports are more highly motivated, as well as creating rich environments for personal and social development (Maximizing 2013).  This is a relatable statement to almost everyone in the American culture, as it seems that sports have affected everyone in some way. Whether sports may be as serious as a life style, or games that they played in gym class when they were younger. Of course this is not always the case and playing a sport does not automatically mean that one will have these results. Results are determined by the manner that the sport is organized, the relationship between the youth’s parents, peers, and coaches, meaning that the youth gives the sport experience, and how they integrate the sport experience into other parts of their life (Maximizing 2013). It is also evident that sports help benefit the physical health of youths as well. Sports help to reduce the time that children and teens spend time in positions that are sedentary, and promote them to be more active. This contributes to long-term health benefits, and can lead to participation in sports when they are adults as well.


            This article implied that sports at a young age can help contribute to positive personal and social development. This article focuses on the positives of the impact on sports and focuses in what manner that sports can have the greatest impact on an individual. The author mentions how sports do not automatically produce positive benefits, but the author goes further to analyze the best way that these benefits can be produced. The author says that positive benefits depend on the manner in which the sport is organized, the relationship between the youth’s peers, coaches, and parents, the meaning that the individual gives the sport experience, and how that individual integrates that experience into others parts of life.  The author takes this evaluation further and gives advice as to how the sport should be coached and what priorities should be made when coaching. The article does not give any negative aspects of sports, and only focuses on how to create a positive experience. In my life, I grew up playing both hockey and soccer. I had very different impacts from each of these sports. Although I liked the sport of hockey more than soccer, I enjoyed playing soccer more than I did hockey. This is because I liked the community that my soccer coaches created comparative to my hockey coaches. From the experience that I had with soccer, I ended up choosing to play soccer in high school over hockey. Many of my friends today were the ones that I bonded with on the soccer field



Maximizing the Benefits of Youth Sport. (2013). JOPERD: The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance84(7), 8-13.           




You have well summarized your article! I liked the part where you talked about your own experience in sports because I had the exact same resonning when I've decided to continue playing soccer over hockey. This coincidence really shocked me! Anyways going back to your summary, it is true that sports have mostly positive aspects, but there are some precautions to take in some sports to prevent kids from suffering injuries that can have long term effects on their lives like concussions. I've read an ebook that talks about this problem in soccer here is a link to it.

This post brings clarity to the benefits of sport participation in the youth. I like that you pointed out that the benefits of sport are present if conducted the correct way. Involvement in sport tends to be criticized for instilling negative values in the youth. Some of these values include; aggression, selfishness, and blind obedience. I grew up with a strong involvement in sports. Having played a wide array of sports at different levels I have had many different experiences. What I took away from my involvement in a specific team depended greatly on the coach. There are many different coaching styles and the individual coach has the opportunity to focus on different aspects of sport. Some coaches were educated on promoting the positive internal values of sport. They are able to transfer these values to their players because they have an appreciation for the correct version of sport. I feel that the correct version of sport puts emphasis on the team striving for mutual excellence though challenge without undermining the rules. There is less emphasis on winning and more on improvement and meeting a challenge presented through sport. I believe that though this type of participation the moral development of the youth will benefit. These internal values can include teamwork skills, critical thinking and leadership. The values that are internal to sport can be transferred to all aspects of life. Sports provide a good opportunity for values to be learned if conducted in an acceptable way.

I ran cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track and field all though middle school and high school. This article makes a lot of sense, but I do think that it could go deeper. For me, and for a lot of people on my teams, running was catharsis; it was a time to clear our heads, think things through, and clear out all the thoughts we didn't want anymore. By the end of a long run, you can come back to school feeling fresh, not physically, but mentally and emotionally. Sports are both physical and emotional outlets for children. They let them exercise any violent impulses in a semi-constructive way. They also allow them to form bonds with teammates, make new friends from other areas, and generally enjoy school more. Sports matter not because throwing a ball or hitting a puck are important skills, but because teamwork, stability under pressure, dedication to practicing a task are important skills. All in all, this is an excellent article and a well written summary/examination

First off, I want to say that I liked your article. It was interesting and clear which made it an easy read. It is crazy to see how sport has a huge place not only in the American culture, but in Canadian culture as well. For instance, as the playoffs have begun in hockey, you can hear many people talking about the Montreal Canadiens everywhere around the city and the Province right now. Even newspapers feature Montreal's hockey team on their cover pages. Personally, I have played hockey, basketball, soccer and many other sports in my life and I can affirm that I've learned many lessons while playing these sports (to never give up, teamwork, hard work, etc ). Therefore, I am absolutely not surprised to see that sports have numerous benefits on youth.

Your article is really well explained and developed. Also, it really shows the importance of sports in our life not only for our physical well-being, but also for our mind and personal development. I believe that your article is really good and I was happy to find it because it relates with my final project of volunteering! This organization called Sun Youth propose different volunteering opportunity where there is multiple physical activities to interact and help them develop skills like you mention in your article. Here is their website: