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1st Edition

Child Development Through Sports

ISBN 9780789018281
Published September 8, 2003 by Routledge
154 Pages

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Book Description

A guidebook for adults involved in children’s sports!

Child Development Through Sports is a commonsense guide for anyone involved in children’s sports, presenting thoughtful analysis with an emphasis on maximizing the development of a child’s social, emotional, physical, and intellectual capabilities through sports. Written by Dr. James H. Humphrey, who has been involved in children’s sports at every level for nearly 60 years, the book stresses the potential contribution sports participation can make to a child’s development and the negative impact it can have if programs are not conducted in an appropriate manner.

Child Development Through Sports focuses primarily on the risks and benefits of sports participation for children ages 5-12. This valuable book addresses health and stress as developmental factors, how to identify and develop motor skills, the positive and negative effects of competition, and an overview of the more pressing issues of children’s sports, including supervision, injuries, benefits, and interest. The book is largely based on extensive surveys and interviews with proponents and critics of children’s sports, including parents, professional athletes, coaches, school personnel, and children themselves.

Among the topics Child Development Through Sports addresses are:

  • the age at which children should begin playing organized sports
  • which sports are best for children
  • how many sports a child should play—and how often
  • how to judge a good sports program
  • and much more!
Child Development Through Sports is an essential resource for parents, teachers, counselors, coaches, and makes a valuable supplemental text for courses in child development and sports management.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. An Overview of Child Development
  • General Characteristics of Five- to Twelve-Year-Old Children
  • Forms of Development
  • A Concept of Total Development
  • Meeting the Needs of Children
  • Helping Children Understand Their Own Development
  • Chapter 2. Health As a Factor in Child Development
  • The Meaning of Health and Related Terms
  • The Health Triangle
  • Chapter 3. Stress As a Factor in Child Development
  • Children and Stress
  • The Meaning of Stress
  • The Stress Concept
  • Home Stress
  • School Stress
  • Chapter 4. An Overview of Children’s Sports
  • Historical Background
  • Important Aspects of Children’s Sports
  • Chapter 5. Objectives of Sports for Children
  • Physical Objectives
  • Social Objectives
  • Emotional Objectives
  • Intellectual Objectives
  • Chapter 6. Physical Development
  • Physical Needs
  • Guidelines for Physical Development
  • Evaluating Contributions of Sports to Physical Development
  • Physical Activity Yield
  • Chapter 7. Social Development
  • Social Needs
  • Guidelines for Social Development Through Sports
  • Possibilities for Social Development Through Sports
  • Evaluating Contributions of Sports to Social Development
  • Chapter 8. Emotional Development
  • Factors Concerning Emotional Development
  • Emotional Needs
  • Guidelines for Emotional Development Through Sports
  • Opportunities for Emotional Development Through Sports
  • Evaluating Contributions of Sports to Emotional Development
  • Chapter 9. Intellectual Development
  • Intellectual Needs
  • Guidelines for Intellectual Development Through Sports
  • Opportunities for Intellectual Development Through Sports
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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