Ethics in Youth Sport

Policy and Pedagogical Applications

Edited by Stephen Harvey, Richard L. Light

© 2013 – Routledge

250 pages

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About the Book

The influence of professional, adult sport on youth sport is now a global concern. Children are involved in high-stakes competitive sport at national and international levels at an increasingly young age. In addition, the use of sport as a medium for positive youth development by governments and within the community has fuelled ambitious targets for young people’s participation in sport at all levels. In this important study of ethical issues in and around youth sport, leading international experts argue for the development of strong ethical codes for the conduct of youth sport and for effective policy and pedagogical applications to ensure that the positive benefits of sport are optimized and the negative aspects diminished.

At the heart of the discussion are the prevailing standards and expectations of youth sport in developed societies, typically consisting of the development of motor competence, the development of a safe and healthy lifestyle and competitive style, and the development of a positive self-image and good relationship skills. The book examines the recommendations emerging from the ‘Panathlon Declaration’ and the debates that have followed, and covers a wide range of key ethical issues, including:

    • emotional and physical abuse
    • aggression and violence
    • doping and cheating
    • values and norms
    • teaching and coaching
    • integrity management.

Ethics in Youth Sport is focused on the application of ethical policy and pedagogies and is grounded in practice. It assumes no prior ethical training on the part of the reader and is essential reading for all students, researchers, policy makers and professionals working with children and young people in sport across school, community and professional settings.

Table of Contents

IntroductionRichard L. Light and Stephen Harvey 1. Managing ethics in youth sport: An application of the integrity management framework Jeroen Maeschalack and Yves Vanden Auweele 2. Putting the Child Back in Children’s Sport: Nurturing Young Talent in a Developmentally-Appropriate Manner (Gretchen Kerr and Ashley Stirling) 3. The First Youth Olympic Games: Innovations, Challenges and Ethical Issues (Jim Parry and Steffie Lucidarme) 4. Youth Sport Ethics: Teaching Pro-Social Behaviour (Kristine de Martelaar, Joke de Bouw and Katrien Struyven) 5. The Good and the Bad of Youth Sport Today: What are the Unforseen Ethical Issues (Steve Cobley, Paul Miller, Kevin Till and Jim McKenna) 6. Game Sense Pedagogy in Youth Sport: An Applied Ethics Perspective (Richard L. Light) 7.Sport Education as a Pedagogy for Promoting Sport as an Ethical Practice (Stephen Harvey, David Kirk and Toni M. O'Donovan) 8. Sports from a Pedagogical Perspective (Nicollette Schipper- Van Veldhoven) 9. Getting Naked: Aspirations, Delusions, and Confusions about Gender Equity in Sport (Jeanne Adèle Kentel) 10. Exploring Ethics: Reflections of a University Coach Educator (Tania Cassidy) 11.Examining Morality in Physical Education and Youth Sport from a Social Constructionist Perspective (Dean M. Barker, Natalie Barker-Ruchti and Uwe Pϋhse) 12. Doing Moral Philosophy with Youth in Urban Programs: Strategies from the Teaching Personal and Social Respnsibility and the Philsophy of Children Movement (Paul M. Wright, Michael D. Burroughs and Deborah P. Tollefsen) 13. Rethinkin Inclusion through a Lens of Ethical Education(Hayley Fitzgerald) Conclusions (Stephen Harvey and Richard L. Light)


About the Editors

Stephen Harvey is Senior Lecturer in Physical Education and Sport Studies at the University of Bedfordshire, UK

Richard L. Light is Professorial Research Fellow in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Ballarat, Australia.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Physical Education and Youth Sport

The Routledge Studies in Physical Education and Youth Sport series is a forum for the discussion of the latest and most important ideas and issues in physical education, sport, and active leisure for young people across school, club and recreational settings. The series presents the work of the best well-established and emerging scholars from around the world, offering a truly international perspective on policy and practice. It aims to enhance our understanding of key challenges, to inform academic debate, and to have a high impact on both policy and practice, and is thus an essential resource for all serious students of physical education and youth sport.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports