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Child development through sports
Humphrey, James H. (James Harry), 1911-2008.
Publication Information:
New York : Haworth Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
x, 141 pages ; 22 cm

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GV709.2 .H845 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A guidebook for adults involved in children's sports!

Child Development Through Sports is a commonsense guide for anyone involved in children's sports, presenting thoughtful analysis with an emphasis on maximizing the development of a child's social, emotional, physical, and intellectual capabilities through sports. Written by Dr. James H. Humphrey, who has been involved in children's sports at every level for nearly 60 years, the book stresses the potential contribution sports participation can make to a child's development and the negative impact it can have if programs are not conducted in an appropriate manner.

Child Development Through Sports focuses primarily on the risks and benefits of sports participation for children ages 5-12. This valuable book addresses health and stress as developmental factors, how to identify and develop motor skills, the positive and negative effects of competition, and an overview of the more pressing issues of children's sports, including supervision, injuries, benefits, and interest. The book is largely based on extensive surveys and interviews with proponents and critics of children's sports, including parents, professional athletes, coaches, school personnel, and children themselves.

Among the topics Child Development Through Sports addresses are: the age at which children should begin playing organized sports which sports are best for children how many sports a child should play--and how often how to judge a good sports program and much more! Child Development Through Sports is an essential resource for parents, teachers, counselors, coaches, and makes a valuable supplemental text for courses in child development and sports management.

Table of Contents

Jane E. Clark
Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Chapter 1. An Overview of Child Developmentp. 1
General Characteristics of Five- to Twelve-Year-Old Childrenp. 1
Forms of Developmentp. 3
A Concept of Total Child Developmentp. 4
Meeting the Needs of Childrenp. 7
Helping Children Understand Their Own Developmentp. 8
Chapter 2. Health As a Factor in Child Developmentp. 15
The Meaning of Health and Related Termsp. 15
The Health Trianglep. 20
Chapter 3. Stress As a Factor in Child Developmentp. 33
Children and Stressp. 33
The Meaning of Stressp. 35
The Stress Conceptp. 36
Home Stressp. 36
School Stressp. 38
Chapter 4. An Overview of Children's Sportsp. 49
Historical Backgroundp. 50
Important Aspects of Children's Sportsp. 52
Chapter 5. Objectives of Children's Sportsp. 65
Physical Objectivesp. 65
Social Objectivesp. 68
Emotional Objectivesp. 69
Intellectual Objectivesp. 72
Chapter 6. Physical Developmentp. 73
Physical Needsp. 73
Guidelines for Physical Developmentp. 77
Evaluating Contributions of Sports to Physical Developmentp. 79
Physical Activity Yieldp. 83
Chapter 7. Social Developmentp. 85
Social Needsp. 87
Guidelines for Social Development Through Sportsp. 90
Possibilities for Social Development Through Sportsp. 93
Evaluating Contributions of Sports to Social Developmentp. 94
Chapter 8. Emotional Developmentp. 99
Factors Concerning Emotional Developmentp. 100
Emotional Needsp. 104
Guidelines for Emotional Development Through Sportsp. 107
Opportunities for Emotional Development Through Sportsp. 109
Evaluating Contributions of Sports to Emotional Developmentp. 110
Chapter 9. Intellectual Developmentp. 115
Intellectual Needsp. 115
Guidelines for Intellectual Development Through Sportsp. 119
Opportunities for Intellectual Development Through Sportsp. 120
Notesp. 133
Indexp. 137