Youth Sport and COVID-19: Contextual, Methodological, and Practical Considerations

Kelly, Adam L. and Erickson, Karl and Pierce, Scott and Turnnidge, Jennifer (2020) Youth Sport and COVID-19: Contextual, Methodological, and Practical Considerations. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, 2. p. 584252. ISSN 2624-9367

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One of the growing concerns among youth sport stakeholders is how the COVID-19 pandemic will shape youth sport development. Given the novelty and rapidly changing nature of these events, the impacts on development are not yet clear. Thus, to gain a deeper understanding of the impact of this crisis, it is crucial for researchers and practitioners to examine the effects on youth development at different timescales. Although we are seeing immediate changes in the activities, social dynamics, and settings that are influencing youth's real-time experiences, questions remain regarding its influence on short-, and long-term developmental outcomes (Kelly et al., 2020). Moving forward, we will need to be cognizant of how this watershed moment will shape youth sport development for months and years to come. As such, this opinion article will focus on exploring potential contextual, methodological, and practical considerations that may be relevant as we navigate through these uncertain times. Further, we hope to encourage researchers and practitioners to embrace this as an opportunity to critically reflect and evaluate the existing practice of youth sport.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ** From Frontiers via Jisc Publications Router ** History: collection 2020; received 16-07-2020; accepted 04-09-2020; epub 09-10-2020. ** Licence for this article:
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4 September 2020Accepted
9 October 2020Published
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sports and Active Living, coronavirus, pandemic, athlete development, positive youth development, sports coaching, sport experiences
Subjects: CAH03 - biological and sport sciences > CAH03-02 - sport and exercise sciences > CAH03-02-01 - sport and exercise sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Life and Sport Sciences (C-LASS)
SWORD Depositor: JISC PubRouter
Depositing User: JISC PubRouter
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2020 11:35
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2022 11:36

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