Authored by: Melissa A. Chase

Routledge Handbook of Applied Sport Psychology

Print publication date:  October  2010
Online publication date:  October  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415484633
eBook ISBN: 9780203851043
Adobe ISBN: 9781136966675


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Parents and coaches often believe that participation in sport provides children with opportunities for improvement in physical, social, and self-development skills. Nevertheless, involvement in sport, in and of itself, does not necessarily lead to positive outcomes for children (Smith & Smoll, 2002). A positive sport experience that is focused on enjoyment, age-suitable needs of the participants, and intentional practice of mental skills training can make a difference in the overall sport experience for children. The literature has typically defined children as individuals 6–12 years of age and adolescents as 13–18 years of age (Weiss, 1991). In this chapter, the focus will be on the practice of applied sport psychology with children aged 6–12 years.

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