General Introduction

Authored by: Ken Green , Andy Smith

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.intro

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Abstract

The production of this Routledge Handbook of Youth Sport is indicative of the growing interest in youth sport across a range of fields (including physical education, public health, sports development and government policy) as well as a breadth of academic disciplines and sub-disciplines (ranging from sociology through psychology to physiology and sports medicine). It is also indicative of a critical mass of research and researchers generated within and by these fields and disciplines. Nowadays, very many academic and professional conferences have youth sport strands. This buoyancy is expressed in a raft of publications (in both journal and book forms) on youth sport. Many of the topics covered by these publications are mirrored in the content of the Handbook. In part, the growth of interest among academics is an expression of growing concern in various professional arenas with the participation of young people and youth in physical activity and exercise, particularly via sport. As the contributions in Section 1 make clear, it is also an expression of the prolonged and changing nature of youth as a transitional life-stage, the growth and diversity of leisure activities in which young people are now engaged, and the increasing social, cultural and economic significance of youth sport.

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