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Alan L. Smith and Daniel Gould

believe that the ISYS has played an important role in the development and direction of youth sport scholarship. We then provide an overview of the organization and contents of this special issue. The issue addresses a broad range of topics and critical issues in contemporary youth sport that have bearing

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George B. Cunningham, Erin Buzuvis and Chris Mosier

bathroom bill, although lawmakers repealed the mandate later in 2017 ( Berman & Phillips, 2017 ). Even though the bathroom bills ultimately failed, the effects on transgender individuals were nevertheless lasting. Consider data from the Trevor Project—an organization that offers suicide-prevention services

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Bradley D. Hatfield, Calvin M. Lu and Jo B. Zimmerman

/optimal performance. This synergistic perspective included psychological, biomechanical, physiological, pedagogical, medical, historical-philosophical, and organizational factors that facilitate optimal performance. Many factors beyond those discussed in the meeting bear great relevance to the topic, including

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Jeffrey Martin

fitness specialists. They also noted some common criteria for the development of professions, such as established academic standards, standardized exams taken by graduates of accredited schools, a national organization to advocate for the profession, and a unique body of knowledge. What is absent in their

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Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko, Erica M. Taylor and T. Gilmour Reeve

The American Kinesiology Association (AKA), established in 2007, promotes kinesiology as a unified field of study focused on advancing our discipline and its many career opportunities ( Morrow & Thomas, 2010 ). The AKA has become the leading organization working to define kinesiology as the