Well-Being and Lifestyle
Sport is a Life Choice.
One that has a major impact on our overall health and wellbeing.
Sport can promote the adoption of healthier lifestyles at any age. Research shows however, that people that develop a love for sport during their childhood have a much bigger chance of remaining involved in sport during their adult years, lead healthier lives… and even earn more and are happier! What’s not to like?
Sport however, can also have negative consequences. The use of performance enhancing drugs and other maladaptive responses like stress, burnout or anorexia have also been linked to sport participation in some populations.
In this section, we will share with you research and practical examples to help you create the conditions that can maximise the positive impact sport can have in children and adults and minimise the negatives.
Doping in youth sport is on the increase. Period. However, we know that certain strategies can help young athletes steer away from the dangers of performance enhancing drugs. Dr Kelsey Erickson from Leeds Beckett University (England) shows us how her research indicates that parents and their attitudes have a great role to play in their offsprings' beliefs, and most importantly, actions about doping. Time to parent up!
When we think about doping in sport we tend to think about the high profile cases we have seen in the news over the years affecting athletes at the top of professional and Olympic sport, but do we ever think about what goes on in youth sport? Should we? Dr Lisa Whitaker from Leeds Beckett University thinks we should! This may be the most important blog you have read for quite some time.
This factsheet is one of a series, produced by sports coach UK and the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation (WSFF), aimed at coaches who coach women or who are interested in coaching them in the future. Each factsheet provides insight into the female athlete and her needs, and guidance as to how better to coach and support her.
Professor Jim McKenna, Head of the Health and Active Lifestyles Research Centre at Leeds Beckett University (England) discusses the challenges coaches face to support the drive to increase participation and retention in youth sport: Can we deliver the sport experience kids want, not the one we think they need? And is the coaching workforce ready for that?
This video developed by Sport England has inspired thousands of women and girls to become physically active. Worth every second. Spread the word (images we mean!)
This enlightening research article, titled 'Is my kid doing too much sport?' – How to reduce the risk of overtraining syndrome and overuse injury in young athletes, defines overuse injuries and overtraining syndrome and looks at how prevalent these both are in youth athletes today. It details the signs and symptoms to look out for and how to reduce the risk or overuse injury and overtraining syndrome in young athletes.
The article has been written by world-authorities in the topic Dr. Rhodri S Lloyd (Cardiff Metropolitan University) and Dr. Paul Read (St Mary's University London) for the Child Protection in Sport Unit