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Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD), v77 n7 p18-24 Sep 2006

This article introduces the physical education, recreation, and health practitioner to the relevant practical and theoretical information pertaining to sportsmanship in youth sports. It discusses four key areas related to sportsmanship: (1) constructs, (2) underlying theories, (3) empirical evidence, and (4) application and education. It also presents an integrated review of the sportsmanship literature and current research regarding the definitions, benefits of moral education, and the influence of coaches, parents, and peers. The practitioner's roles in educating and assisting athletes, coaches, officials, and parents about sportsmanship issues, such as the pressure to overemphasize winning, are examined. The authors highlight the need for a systematic intervention of youth sport organizations and advocate a multidimensional team approach to enhance sportsmanship, with the practitioner being a key member of that team.

Descriptors: Ethical Instruction, Physical Education, Athletics, Sportsmanship, Sport Psychology, Literature Reviews, Parent Influence, Peer Influence, Athletic Coaches, Intervention, Youth Programs, Youth

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Author: Goldstein, Jay D.; Iso-Ahola, Seppo E.



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