Sport plays an important role in the cultural and social identity of Australians. Its potential to influence the physical, social, personal and moral development of youth is of ongoing interest to teachers, coaches, policymakers, researchers and parents.
Based on recent research, Youth Sport in Australia provides an overview of contemporary issues related to youth sport that affect the experience and participation of youth, and create lifelong attitudes to physical activity.
Youth Sport in Australia explores the history and policy development of youth sport in the Australian context, the role of sport and physical education in private and public schools, and community clubs. The book investigates the conflict between elite and grassroots sport and its repercussions on policymaking and youth involvement in sport, and the impact of coaches on youth sport participation. It looks at child protection issues, the construction of gender and body image, and the experiences of Indigenous and marginalised. It examines the influence of media and sporting celebrities on young people, and reviews the research methodology of youth sport studies.
Youth Sport in Australia will be an invaluable resource for teachers, coaches, policymakers and researchers in sport sociology, sport history, sport and youth studies.
Kate Russell is a senior lecturer in health education and sport psychology at the University of Sydney.
Steve Georgakis is a senior lecturer in health education and primary education at the University of Sydney.
Steve Georgakis and Kate Russell
About the contributors
- Making sense of Australian sporting history
- The role of educational institutions in Australian sport
- Sport policy in Australia
Matthew Nicholson and Russell Hoye
- Accessing youth sport in Australia: schools and clubs
- Compulsory heterosexuality and the construction of femininity and masculinity: issues of performance versus presentation
- Sport, the body and boys’ constructions of masculinity
- Can anybody play? An introduction to the sociology of sport and disability
- A critical history of the Gay Games movement
- Black and white in Australian sport
- Beach sports
- The role of physical education in promoting sport participation in school and beyond
Murray Drummond and Shane Pill
- Are schools responsible for engaging youth in sport and physical activity?
- Factors influencing talent identification and athlete development in youth sport
- Coaching and adherence issues in youth sport
- Seen but not heard: child protection in sport
- The media, body image and youth sport
- Celebrity, popular culture and sport
- Research methodology for youth sport
Size: 210 × 148 × 17 mm
14 b&w tables and 2 b&w illustrations
Copyright: © 2011
Publication: 15 Mar 2011