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COVID-19 and Youth Sports: Psychological, Developmental, and Economic Impacts

Jimmy Sanderson and Katie Brown

COVID-19 has dramatically altered and disrupted sport in unprecedented ways, and youth sports is one sector that has been profoundly impacted. In the United States, the youth sports industry generates $19 billion dollars annually, while youth sport tourism is estimated at $9 billion annually. With youth sports at a standstill, the effect on the youth sports infrastructure is significant. The purpose of this scholarly commentary was to discuss the psychological, developmental, and economic fallout from the stoppage of youth sports that has touched millions of participants, their families, and a substantial youth sports structural system. This work also addresses the potential restructuring of youth sport megacomplexes, cascading effects of canceled seasons, likely sponsorship losses, and potential growing socioeconomic divide in participation that could result from the pandemic. Thus, there is still much uncertainty about the future of youth sport participation and subsequent adjustments that may impact established participation and consumption norms.

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Stories From Mother Runners: A Case Study and Narrative Analysis of Facilitators for Competitive Running

Kerry R. McGannon and Jenny McMahon

for children, and sport participation is secondary unless it enhances the family or has less impact on them ( Appleby & Fisher, 2009 ). When women internalize these ideals, they disengage from sport due to guilt for not meeting good mother standards and/or strive to excel in both family and sport

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What Makes Sport Spectating Family-Friendly? A Phenomenological Study of Mothers’ Sport Fan Game-Day Experiences

Katherine Sveinson and Kim Toffoletti

women may experience as consumers. Families and Sport Fandom Research regarding the role of families in sport fandom has placed emphasis on the influence and relationships between parenting and sport fandom. Studies have explored European and North American contexts with regard to how relationships