Tracking And Youth Sport

The quest for lifelong adherence to sport and physical activity

Authored by: Bart Vanreusel , Jeroen Scheerder

Routledge Handbook of Youth Sport

Print publication date:  January  2016
Online publication date:  January  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415840033
eBook ISBN: 9780203795002
Adobe ISBN: 9781134469932

10.4324/9780203795002.ch15

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Abstract

Does youth sport affect active involvement in sport at later stages in life? Do young sport participants have better chances to remain physically active during adulthood? Is early socialization into sport related to continued sport participation in later life? What is the impact of early sport experiences in youth on future involvement in sport and physical activity? Can lifelong participation in sport and physical activity be promoted by youth sport programming? What is the longitudinal stability or instability over time of participation patterns in sport from youth into adulthood? These questions are raised throughout the literature on youth sport from a lifetime perspective. They reflect the expectations from various fields that youth sport contributes to a lasting physically active lifestyle.

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