Examining Young Recreational Male Soccer Players' Experience in Adult- and Peer-Led Structures

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Purpose: Youth sport has the potential to be one of the healthiest and most beneficial structures that children can partake in. Participation in a combination of adult-led and peer-led sport structures appears to lead to favorable outcomes such as enhanced physical fitness as well as social and emotional development (Fraser-Thomas, Côté, & Deakin, 2005). The purpose of the present study was to examine the subjective and objective experiences of 27 recreational male soccer players between the ages of 10 and 12 (M = 10.11, SD = 0.32) across adult-led and peer-led sport structures. Method: Direct video observation and experience rating scales were utilized in an effort to shed light on the impact of adult-led and peer-led sport structures on the same athletes. Results: In the adult-led structures, youth experienced high levels of effort and concentration, and spent more time being physically or mentally engaged. Meanwhile, youth experienced high rates of prosocial behaviors, sport-related communication, as well as general communication during the peer-led structures. Conclusions: The results of the present study indicate that rather than one approach being superior to the other, both adult- and peer-led sport structures have the potential to yield unique benefits towards children’s positive experiences in sport.
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport on 17/06/2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02701367.2016.1189073.
Child interactions, group dynamics, positive development, prosocial behavior
Faizan Imtiaz, David J. Hancock & Jean Côté (2016) Examining Young Recreational Male Soccer Players' Experience in Adult- and Peer-Led Structures, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 87:3, 295-304, DOI: 10.1080/02701367.2016.1189073
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