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Visek, Amanda J. et al., “Fun Integration Theory: Towards Sustaining Children and Adolescents Sport Participation,” Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 2014.

Los Angeles Dodgers star Cody Bellinger advises parents to not be so anxious to get their child into travel ball. Learn more:

Los Angeles Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw advises parents to let their kids have unstructured play outside with their friends.

Eime RMYoung JAHarvey JTCharity MJPayne WRA systematic review of the psychological and social benefits of participation in sport for children and adolescents: informing development of a conceptual model of health through sport. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act2013;10:98pmid:23945179


Marsh, H. W., & Kleitman, S. (2003). School athletic participation: Mostly gain with little pain. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 25(2), 205–228.


Participation in high school sports had positive effects on many Grade 12 and postsecondary outcomes (e.g., school grades, coursework selection, homework, educational and occupational aspirations, self-esteem, university applications, subsequent college enrollment, and eventual educational attainment) after controlling background variables and parallel outcomes from Grades 8 and 10 in a large, nationally representative, 6-year longitudinal study. In contrast to Zero-Sum and Threshold Models, these positive effects generalized across academic and nonacademic outcomes, across the entire range of athletic participation levels, and across different subgroups of students (e.g., SES, gender, ethnicity, ability levels, educational aspirations). Sport participation is hypothesized to increase identification/commitment to school and school values which mediate the participation effects, particularly for narrowly defined academic outcomes not directly related to sport participation. Consistent with this Identification/Commitment Model, extramural sport, and to a lesser extent team sport, had more positive effects than intramural and individual sports. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

If You Think You Can’t… Think Again: The Sway of Self-Efficacy  “I think I can” is more than a clichéd, feel-good maxim.  by AJ Adams, MAPP

American Academy of Pediatrics–For-the-Fun-of-It2.aspx

Organized Sports for Children, Preadolescents, and Adolescents


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