A Deconstruction of Aggression and Violence in Youth Sport: Theoretical Frameworks Explaining Behavior.

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In this paper we examine how culture, role models, media, and coaches influence aggressive behavior in young athletes participating in youth sport. Linkages will be made to the increased pressure placed on young athletes due to parental involvement and investment. The argument being put forth describes how the professional sport template being imposed on young athletes at increasingly younger ages perpetuates acts of aggression and violence in youth sport. Scholarly theories about how violence affects athletes will be introduced and examined. The paper will conclude with the role of parents and coaches with accompanying suggestions that can be employed in an attempt to decrease the perpetuation of aggressive and violent acts committed within youth sport.


Education | Educational Psychology


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