Evidence suggests that the first 10 or so years of life create the foundation for subsequent participation in recreational and health-related physical activity. This book brings together researchers and practitioners with expertise in issues related to physical activity, physical education, and sport during the primary/elementary phase of schooling, to explore these important issues.
Combining inter-disciplinary perspectives, the book addresses the inherent complexity of researching with young children. It looks at the evidence on development during the first 10 years and how that evidence relates to physical activity and to sport, in pre-school, school and out of school. Finally, the book offers a series of national case studies, from Asia, Europe and Africa, demonstrating the importance of age-appropriate sport and physical activity.
This is important reading for any student, researcher, educator or policy maker with an interest in physical activity and health, education in the early years or at primary/elementary level, paediatric exercise science, or youth sport.
Table of Contents
Part One: Researching Physical Activity in the First 10 Years
Chapter 1: Researching Children’s Physical Activity: The Importance of Theory for Research Methods
Jennifer P. Agans and Ross Budziszewski
Chapter 2: Population Measurement of Physical Activity Among Children Aged Under 10 Years
Louise L Hardy and Sjaan R Gomersall
Chapter 3: Movement as Relations: Preverbal, Conscious and Affected?
Part Two: Physical Activity and Child Development
Chapter 4: Physical Exercise and Cognitive Development: Influence of Training Modalities and Characteristics
Chapter 5: Cognitive and Motor Performance: Shared Processes During the First 10 Years of Life
Claudia M. Roebers
Chapter 6: Exercise, Cognitive Function, and Obesity in Children
Tai-Fen Song, Chien-Heng Chu and Yu-Kai Chang
Part Three: Sport
Chapter 7: Organized Sport for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Meghan Harlow and Jessica Fraser-Thomas
Chapter 8: Mental Health and Childhood Participation in Organised Sport
Stewart A. Vella, Jordan Sutcliffe, Matthew J. Schweickle, Sarah K. Liddle and Christian Swann
Chapter 9: Navigating Relative Age and Birthplace Effects to Ensure Equal Participation in Youth Sport
David J. Hancock
Chapter 10: The Child’s Right to an Open Sporting Future
Part Four: Physical Activity
Chapter 11: Acute Cognitively Challenging Physical Activity to Promote Children’s Cognition
Mirko Schmidt, Fabienne Egger, Sofia Anzeneder and Valentin Benzing
Chapter 12: Investment for Family and Community Physical Activity Interventions
Victoria Archbold and Paul Collings
Part Five: Education
Chapter 13: The Active School Concept
Claude Scheuer and Richard Bailey
Chapter 14: Developing a Movement Culture in the First 10 Years
Chapter 15: Physically Active Play in the Early Years
Part Six: Case Studies
Chapter 16: Physical Activity and Sport in the First 10 Years in South Africa
Anita E Pienaar
Chapter 17: The Development of Physical Activities and Sport in China’s Kindergartens in the 21st Century
Jinxia Dong and Yijing Zhong
Chapter 18: Sport and Physical Activity During the First 10 Years of Life in Ireland and the UK
Kristy Howells and Tara Coppinger
Jennifer P. Agans is Assistant Professor in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management at the Pennsylvania State University, USA.
Richard Bailey is an independent writer and researcher based in Berlin, Germany.
Jean Côté is Professor and Director in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada.
Andy Daly-Smith is Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity and Behaviour Science at Leeds Beckett University, UK.
Phillip Tomporowski is Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, and Director of the Cognition and Skill Acquisition Laboratory, at the University of Georgia, USA.