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Mental health and childhood participation in organized sport

Chapter


Abstract


  • The World Health Organization defines mental health as a state of wellbeing whereby individuals are able to realize their potential, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively, and make contributions to their communities. Organized sport may provide a unique and engaging vehicle through which to promote mental health among children. The positive association between participation in organized sports and mental health during childhood has been consistently demonstrated. A recent meta-analysis found that children who participated in exercise programmes that exceeded 60 minutes showed significant improvements in overall mental health compared to those who participated in shorter duration programmes. The application of self-determination theory (SDT) within sport has received considerable attention. Positive relationships with social agents in youth sport can have important implications for the wellbeing of children who participate in sport.

UOW Authors


Publication Date


  • 2021

Citation


  • Vella, S. A., Sutcliffe, J., Schweickle, M. J., Liddle, S. K., & Swann, C. (2021). Mental health and childhood participation in organized sport. In Physical Activity and Sport During the First Ten Years of Life: Multidisciplinary Perspectives (pp. 101-112). doi:10.4324/9780429352645-12

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780367370923

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85109247505

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


  • Physical Activity and Sport During the First Ten Years of Life: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

Start Page


  • 101

End Page


  • 112

Abstract


  • The World Health Organization defines mental health as a state of wellbeing whereby individuals are able to realize their potential, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively, and make contributions to their communities. Organized sport may provide a unique and engaging vehicle through which to promote mental health among children. The positive association between participation in organized sports and mental health during childhood has been consistently demonstrated. A recent meta-analysis found that children who participated in exercise programmes that exceeded 60 minutes showed significant improvements in overall mental health compared to those who participated in shorter duration programmes. The application of self-determination theory (SDT) within sport has received considerable attention. Positive relationships with social agents in youth sport can have important implications for the wellbeing of children who participate in sport.

UOW Authors


Publication Date


  • 2021

Citation


  • Vella, S. A., Sutcliffe, J., Schweickle, M. J., Liddle, S. K., & Swann, C. (2021). Mental health and childhood participation in organized sport. In Physical Activity and Sport During the First Ten Years of Life: Multidisciplinary Perspectives (pp. 101-112). doi:10.4324/9780429352645-12

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780367370923

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85109247505

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


  • Physical Activity and Sport During the First Ten Years of Life: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

Start Page


  • 101

End Page


  • 112