Youth Sport and COVID-19: Contextual, Methodological, and Practical Considerations

Adam L. Kelly, Karl Erickson, Scott Pierce, Jennifer Turnnidge

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    One of the growing concerns among youth sport stakeholders is how the COVID-19 pandemic will shape youth sport development. Given the novelty and rapidly changing nature of these events, the impacts on development are not yet clear. Thus, to gain a deeper understanding of the impact of this crisis, it is crucial for researchers and practitioners to examine the effects on youth development at different timescales. Although we are seeing immediate changes in the activities, social dynamics, and settings that are influencing youth's real-time experiences, questions remain regarding its influence on short-, and long-term developmental outcomes (Kelly et al., 2020). Moving forward, we will need to be cognizant of how this watershed moment will shape youth sport development for months and years to come. As such, this opinion article will focus on exploring potential contextual, methodological, and practical considerations that may be relevant as we navigate through these uncertain times. Further, we hope to encourage researchers and practitioners to embrace this as an opportunity to critically reflect and evaluate the existing practice of youth sport.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalFrontiers in Sports and Active Living
    Publication statusPublished (VoR) - 9 Oct 2020


    • Sports and Active Living
    • coronavirus
    • pandemic
    • athlete development
    • positive youth development
    • sports coaching
    • sport experiences


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