Youths’ Participation Rights In Relation To Dominant Movement Cultures

Authored by: Karin Redelius , Håkan Larsson

Routledge Handbook of Youth Sport

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

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


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Participating in sport is a vital aspect of many young people’s lives. Since the 1970s, increased participation among young people have been reported across the developed world (Green, 2010). While child and youth sport is primarily taking place in schools in countries such as the USA, Canada and UK, voluntary sports clubs have an important role in this respect in the Scandinavian countries (Ibsen and Seippel, 2010). In Sweden, around ninety per cent participate in a sport club at one time or another during their youth (Thedin Jakobsson, 2015). During adolescence, however, many are dropping out of sport, which is also an international trend that has been highlighted in a number of studies (Coakley and Pike, 2009; De Knop et al., 1996; Findlay et al., 2009; Pilgaard, 2013; Seabra et al., 2007; Scheerder et al., 2006). A variety of causes for dropping out (Fraser-Thomas et al., this volume) have been examined; for example conflicts of interest, lack of fun and perception of low abilities (Weiss and Amorose, 2008); conflicts with coaches, and the need for more playing time (Weiss and Williams, 2004); as well as negative factors related to early specialization (Wall and Côté, 2007).

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