This book highlights the different roles of youth sport, from sport for all and community sport activities to elite sport and international competitions, to suggest significant new directions for youth sport research and practices. The collection addresses a range of prominent management and policy issues associated with the growing interest in research into youth sport. Major youth sport events such as the Youth Olympic Games and the European Youth Olympic Festival are included in this collection as important policy arenas. In addition, the collection addresses a series of under-researched topics including the welfare of young elite athletes, the process of talent identification and development in elite youth disability sport and how young athletes cope with emotional abuse. The contributors to this collection are drawn from a wide range of countries Canada, the United States, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Norway. The book ends with an overview of the state of research into sport-based youth development and highlights trends and gaps in the literature suitable for further research.
The chapters were originally published as a special issue in Sport in Society.
1. Young people and sport: from participation to the Olympics – introduction to the special issue
Berit Skirstad, Milena M. Parent and Barrie Houlihan
2. A partnership-based evaluation of a community-based youth sport and physical activity programme
Milena M. Parent and Jean Harvey
3. Reinventing youth sport: formative findings from a state-level action research project
Laurence Chalip and Raquel Hutchinson
4. Walking the line: how young athletes balance academic studies and sport in international competition
5. ‘Everything revolves around gymnastics’: athletes and parents make sense of elite youth sport
Froukje Smits, Frank Jacobs and Annelies Knoppers
6. The (un)importance of existing: community sport organizations’ environmental negotiation
David Patterson and Milena M. Parent
7. Talent identification and development in elite youth disability sport
Barrie Houlihan and Pippa Chapman
8. 'You don’t realize what you see!’: the institutional context of emotional abuse in elite youth sport
Frank Jacobs, Froukje Smits and Annelies Knoppers
9. Boosting youth sport? Implementation of Norwegian youth sport policy through the 2016 Lillehammer Winter Youth Olympic Games
Anna-Maria Strittmatter and Eivind Åsrum Skille
10. An integrative review of sport-based youth development literature
Gareth J. Jones, Michael B. Edwards, Jason N. Bocarro, Kyle S. Bunds and Jordan W. Smith
The social, cultural (including media) and political study of sport is an expanding area of scholarship and related research. While this area has been well served by the Sport in the Global Society series, the surge in quality scholarship over the last few years has necessitated the creation of Sport in the Global Society: Contemporary Perspectives. The series will publish the work of leading scholars in fields as diverse as sociology, cultural studies, media studies, gender studies, cultural geography and history, political science and political economy. If the social and cultural study of sport is to receive the scholarly attention and readership it warrants, a cross-disciplinary series dedicated to taking sport beyond the narrow confines of physical education and sport science academic domains is necessary. Sport in the Global Society: Contemporary Perspectives will answer this need.