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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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A New Spin on Gender: How Parents of Male Baton Twirlers (Un)Do Gender Essentialism

Trenton M. Haltom

study would violate participant confidentiality due to the low number of non-White men in the sample. The application of the findings presented here should inspire scholars of sport and leisure to think more about the gender essentialist stereotypes, especially within families and sport settings. With a

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Sport-Specific Free Play Youth Football/Soccer Program Recommendations Around the World

Marty K. Baker, Jeffrey A. Graham, Allison Smith, and Zachary T. Smith

Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His research focuses on the interaction between families and sport, and has a special interest in the athletic development of youth. Allison Smith is an assistant professor of sport administration within the Department of

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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

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Moving Beyond Models: Theorizing Physical Disability in the Sociology of Sport

James Brighton, Robert C. Townsend, Natalie Campbell, and Toni L. Williams

for young disabled people . In R.A. Dionigi & M. Gard (Eds.), Sport and physical activity across the lifespan (pp.  175 – 191 ). London, UK : Springer Nature . 10.1057/978-1-137-48562-5_9 Fitzgerald , H. , & Kirk , D. ( 2009 ). Identity work: Young disabled people, family and sport