Understanding young peoples' lifestyle has become of increasing importance over the last few years. Many of the behaviours, attitudes and values formed during childhood and adolescence have been shown to have significant implications for adult development.
Lifestyle has recently entered the health debate and concern has been expressed that, whilst rates of smoking, and the consumption of alcohol are increasing in the young, physical activity is decreasing. Unfortunately there have been relatively few studies which have provided detailed information about lifestyle from large nationally representative samples of young people.
Concern has been expressed that intensive training may have an adverse effect upon the young athletes' ability to make or retain lasting friendships as they are unable to share in the common activities of the peer group. There is also considerable anecdotal evidence to suggest that intensive training can affect the lifestyle of the whole family as parents become involved in various supporting roles.
The report also considers the effect that intensive training has upon those lifestyle issues which have provoked most concern amongst health educationalists and the medical profession - smoking rates, alcohol consumption and use of leisure time.
Editor's comments - [ This (1993 TOYA) report describes the lifestyles of children involved in intensive sports training and, where possible, compares their behaviour with that of young people generally. ] Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from In the text: Cryer (year)
Reference : Rowley, S. (1993). Training of young athletes study (TOYA): TOYA and Lifestyle. London: Sports Council (GB)
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