1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Youth Sport

Edited By Ken Green, Andy Smith Copyright 2016
    612 Pages 41 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    612 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Youth Sport is a comprehensive survey of the latest research into young people’s involvement in sport. Drawing on a wide diversity of disciplines, including sociology, psychology, policy studies, coaching, physical education and physiology, the book examines the importance of sport during a key transitional period of our lives, from the later teenage years into the early twenties, and therefore helps us develop a better understanding of the social construction of young people’s lives.

    The book covers youth sport in all its forms, from competitive game-contests and conventional sport to recreational activities, exercise and lifestyle sport, and at all levels, from elite competition to leisure time activities and school physical education. It explores youth sport across the world, in developing and developed countries, and touches on some of the most significant themes and issues in contemporary sport studies, including physical activity and health, lifelong participation, talent identification and development, and safeguarding and abuse.

    No other book brings together in one place such a breadth and depth of material on youth sport or the engagement of young people in physical activity. The Routledge Handbook of Youth Sport is therefore important reading for all advanced students, researchers, practitioners and policy-makers with an interest in youth sport, youth culture, sport studies or physical education.

    Introduction (Ken Green & Andy Smith) Section 1: Youth sport in context 1.1. Introduction (Ken Green) 1.2. Young people and social change (Ken Roberts) 1.3. Youth leisure as the context for youth sport (Ken Roberts) 1.4. Youths’ use of time from comparative, historical and developmental perspectives (Jiri Zuzanek) 1.5. Youth, sport and leisure careers (David Haycock & Andy Smith) Section 2: Youth sport around the world 2.1. Introduction (Andy Smith) 2.2. Youth sport participation: a comparison between European member states (Charlotte van Tuyckom) 2.3. Youth sport in Norway (Ken Green) 2.4. Youth sport in the United States (Jay Coakley) 2.5. Youth sport in Australasia (Doune Macdonald & Clifford Mallett) 2.6. Youth sport in Japan (Atsushi Nakazawa & Aaron Miller) 2.7. Youth sport in the Middle East (Nida Ahmed & Holly Thorpe) 2.8. Youth sport in China (Chen XueDong & Chen ShuShu) Section 3: Trends in youth sport 3.1. Introduction (Ken Green) 3.2. Tracking and youth sport: the quest for lifelong adherence to sport and physical activity (Bart Vanreusel & Jeroen Scheerder) 3.3. Dropping out from clubs, dropping in to sport light? Organizational settings for youth sports participation (Julie Borgers, Jan Seghers & Jeroen Sheerder) 3.4. Indoorising the outdoors: Tempting young people’s interests in lifestyle sports (Lotte Salome & Maarten van Bottenburg) 3.5. Lifestyle and adventure sports among youth (Paul Gilchrist & Belinda Wheaton) Section 4: Socialisation and youth sport 4.1. Introduction (Ken Green) 4.2. Parenting and youth sport (Tom Quarmby) 4.3. Peer group experiences in youth sport (Kacey Neely & Nick Holt) 4.4. Understanding take-up, drop-out and drop-off in youth sport (Jessica Fraser-Thomas, William Falcão & Lauren Wolman) 4.5. A personal assets approach to youth sport (Jean Côté, Jennifer Turnnidge, & Matthew Vierimaa) Section 5: Social divisions and youth sport 5.1. Introduction (Ken Green) 5.2. Playing an unequal game? Youth sport and social class (Jeroen Sheerder & Hanne Vandermeerschen) 5.3. Sexuality, gender and youth sport (Jan Wright) 5.4. Youth sport, 'race' and ethnicity (Scott Fleming) 5.5. Sport, youth and religion (Kristin Walseth) 5.6. Youth sport and dis/ability (Donna Goodwin) 5.7. Unpacking gender/sexuality/disability/social class to understand the embodied experiences of young people in contemporary physical culture (Laura Azzarito & Doune Macdonald) 5.8. Youths’ participation rights in relation to dominant movement cultures (Karin Redelius & Hakan Larsson) Section 6: Youth sport, physical activity and health 6.1. Introduction (Andy Smith) 6.2. Physical activity and sedentary behaviour in youth (Mai Chinapaw, Amika Singh, Saskia te Velde, Maïté Verloigne, Willem van Mechelen & Johannes Brug) 6.3. The health-enhancing effects of physical activity among youth (Robert Malina, Sean Cumming & Manuel Coeho e Silva) 6.4. Measuring physical activity among youth (Ulf Ekelund & Maria Hildebrand) 6.5. Youth sport, health and physical activity (Evan James, Roald Bahr & Robert La Prade) 6.6. Youth sport and mental health (Guy Faulkner & Katherine Tamminen) 6.7. Eating disorders in young athletes (Nanna Meyer, Jorunn Sundgot-Borgen & Alba Reguant-Closa) 6.8. Everyday distortions: youth sport and body images (Michael Gard) 6.9. Youth sport, cigarettes, alcohol and illicit drugs (Patrick Peretti-Watel, Laurent Grélot & Fabrice Lorenté) Section 7: Elite youth sport 7.1. Introduction (Andy Smith) 7.2. The elements of talent development in youth sport (Matthew Vierimaa, Karl Erickson & Jean Côté) 7.3. Talent identification and development in youth sport (Steve Cobley) 7.4. Health, well-being and the ‘logic’ of elite youth sports work (Chris Platts & Andy Smith) 7.5. Child abuse in sport: from research to policy and prevention (Melanie Lang, Mike Hartill & Bettina Rulofs) Section 8: Politics and policy in youth sport 8.1. Introduction (Andy Smith) 8.2. Elite youth sport policy and dual career support services in fifteen countries (Veerle De Bosscher, Camilla Brockett & Hans Westerbeek) 8.3. Youth sport policy in small states (Mike Sam) 8.4. Youth and sport-for-change programmes: what can you expect? (Fred Coalter) 8.5. Enacting youth sport policy: towards a micro-political and emotional understanding of community sports coaching work (Ben Ives, Laura Gale, Lee Nelson & Paul Potrac)


    Ken Green is Professor of Sociology of Physical Education and Youth Sport and Head of Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Chester, UK, as well as Visiting Professor at Hedmark University College, Norway, and the University of Wolverhampton, UK. He is Editor-in-Chief of the European Physical Education Review and his books include Understanding Physical Education (2008) and Key Themes in Youth Sport (2010). His main research interests revolve around physical education and youth sport.

    Andy Smith is Professor of Sport and Physical Activity at Edge Hill University, UK, where he is also Associate Head of the Department of Sport and Physical Activity. His research interests and publications focus on sport, physical activity and health and on youth, sport policy and development. He is co-author of Sport Policy and Development (with Daniel Bloyce, 2010), An Introduction to Drugs in Sport (with Ivan Waddington, 2009) and Disability, Sport and Society (with Nigel Thomas, 2009), and co-editor of Doing Real World Research in Sports Studies (with Ivan Waddington, 2014). Andy is also a former co-editor of the International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, which he launched with Barrie Houlihan and Daniel Bloyce in 2009, and an Editorial Board member of Leisure Studies and the European Physical Education Review.

    "Youth sport is one of the largest, yet relatively understudied, segments of the sport industry. This work makes great strides in providing a multidisciplinary and global perspective on youth sport, with chapters written by leading researchers … Overall, this book is an excellent resource that takes a deep and wide approach to looking at what youth sport is and how it impacts the lives of both individual participants and society as a collective whole. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above; researchers and faculty." - R. D. Sheptak Jr., CHOICE