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Program Quality in Youth Sport and Physical Activity

The structure of an out-of-school program plays a critical role in determining whether positive or negative outcomes occur for youth participants. Because of this, program quality has been outlined as one of the best predictors of positive developmental outcomes in these programs. Specifically, out-of-school programs that are sport and physical activity based have been identified as useful contexts because of the potential for physical and psychosocial benefits. Moreover, sport is the most popular extracurricular activity for youth within Canada and the United States, reaching millions of youth each year. Therefore, ensuring the provision and delivery of high-quality programs for youth should be seen as a priority. Program quality refers to staff practices and content within a program setting that, if present, can help positively ...

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