The Role Of Parental Role Models On Youth Athletic Participation

1842 WordsDec 9, 20148 Pages
This paper examines the prevalence of aggression in youth sports the impact of parental role models on youth athletic participation, which can often lead to early burnouts in sports; and whether sports draw out the children’s aggressive nature. In America alone there are 30-35 million children of the ages 5-18 participating in organized youth sports in America. (Fiore, 2003) Sports may give youth positive experiences, but may also cause stress, which may result in unneeded amounts of stress. Young athletes may feel pressure from their parents to succeed in their sport; they participate in sports just for the enjoyment of learning something new and this may cause them to develop an aggressive nature. Stress Furthermore, when children seeks to learn new abilities that have sparked their interest, a majority of the time it is a sport. Some children that have been forced into sports to get them out of the house; the parents continually ride them no matter the age to make them better. This added stress to a child’s life later on can cause burnout; a burnout’s components are psychological, emotional, and physical. It is a result of stress that has been induced by repeated interaction between a person and their environment. (Rotella,Hanson,&Coop, 1991) The stress leads to aggression while the youths are competing, and it comes from sheer frustration from the pressure of parents to succeed at any cost. Stress can be defined as an imbalance between perceived demands and perceived
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