Second Thoughts About Involving Your Child in Competitive Sports

Rae Pica with Jay Coakley

Is being involved in competitive sports from an early age a good idea for children? Sports sociologist Jay Coakley tells us that, while physical activity from an early age
is necessary, placing children under the age of 8 in competitive situations may be counterproductive, especially if they haven’t had adequate opportunity to play on
their own.

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May 9, 2009
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Jay Coakley is the author of Sports in Society: Issues and Controversies, a widely used text in the sociology of sport. Coakley has authored over 150 articles and book chapters, primarily on sport, society, and culture. Much of this work focuses on youth sports and socialization issues.
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