Historically one of the most popular functions attributed to sport and exercise has been its role in reducing aggression. Intensive physical effort has been seen as a way of purging destructive or anti-social tendencies.
The relationship between sport and aggression has important implications for the child, as the performance or training situation is one of the few social situations where aggression, and in some instances violence, deliberately directed at another, may be not only condoned but even rewarded. To date, the important question which has been addressed by research is whether training and competition inhibit, facilitate, or have little effect upon, a child's development and tendency to show aggressive behaviou.
There is evidence from other research which links children's involvement in competitive sport with lowered levels of moral judgement.
Such is the level of concern about anecdotal evidence of aggressive behaviour and the decline in standards of 'fair play' in youth sport that the Council of Europe's Committee for the Development of Sport is considering (1993) a major multi¬national investigation into the values and behaviour of young athletes.
Editor's comments - [ This report looks at young athletes' ideas about aggression in sport and everyday life and describes the sport-specific nature of athletic aggression. The pressures on the young athlete to cheat or bend the rules are also described. ] Reference this?Cryer, J. (2012). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from In the text: Cryer (2012)
Reference : Rowley, S. Hodgson, D. (1993). The training of young athletes (TOYA) study: TOYA and fair play. London: Sports Council (GB)
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