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Written by a former Olympic consultant, this book examines youth sports in America today, from institutions that dominate organized youth sports to high-profile controversies ranging from burnout and out-of-control parents to the health risks of youth football.
As organized youth sports occupy an ever-greater role in the lives of American families, critics have begun to question whether some programs and participants have lost their way. This timely book examines the state of youth sports in America today, analyzing how organized sports influence communities, discussing the potential emotional and physical benefits as well as drawbacks of youth sports, and profiling the industry's key participants, ranging from parent coaches to club sports owners to personal trainers.
The work begins with a look at the evolution of youth sports in the United States, then explores such topics as burnout, self-discipline, performance-enhancing drugs, parental violence, and scholarships. The content includes coverage of 20 individual youth sports, such as basketball, softball, lacrosse, baseball, volleyball, football, soccer, cross-country, and swimming, and provides breakdowns of historical and current participation rates, injury rates, and sport-specific scholarship trends. Each summary includes contact information on important organizations specific to that sport.
- Examines negative influences of youth sports on families, from financial sacrifice to parental misbehavior
- Discusses the benefits of playing on an organized team
- Provides a historical overview of youth sports in the United States
- Contains a list of resources for further study
- Includes contact information on important sports-related organizations
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"A strong reference source on the sociology of sports for undergraduates and general readers."
"An important collection. . . . Covering a wide range of topics for a broad audience, this text is an excellent addition to academic and general collections. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers."
"This collection of essays would benefit a researcher, both in undergraduate and public libraries, in search of a more 'social-science-flavored' analysis of topics surrounding youth sports in America."
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