Positive Youth Development Through Sport

Positive youth development (PYD) through sport refers to the social, psychological, and physical benefits afforded through participation in programs that integrate physical activity and life skills learning within structured lessons. Millions of children and adolescents participate in out-of-school time sports, in numbers higher than the numbers for service, faith-based, or fine arts activities. Because organized sport provides skill-building opportunities, such as interpersonal competence, emotional regulation, and leadership, this out-of-school learning context is important for understanding the totality of youths’ developmental experiences. This entry describes the PYD framework, summarizes research on sport as a context for youth development, applies the PYD framework to out-of-school time sports, and shares exemplar sport-based PYD programs.

The PYD framework focuses on promoting social, psychological, and behavioral competencies and holistic health outcomes ...

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