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Young People and Sport

From Participation to the Olympics, 1st Edition

Edited by Berit Skirstad, Milena M. Parent, Barrie Houlihan


184 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

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

Elsa Kristiansen

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

About the Editors

Berit Skirstad is an Associate Professor Emerita at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences and was responsible for the sport management study there for almost 30 years.

Milena M. Parent is a Full Professor in sport (event) management at the University of Ottawa, Canada, and at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences.

Barrie Houlihan is Emeritus Professor of Sport Policy at Loughborough University, UK, and Visiting Professor at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences.

About the Series

Sport in the Global Society – Contemporary Perspectives

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.

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