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Gretchen Kerr, Anthony Battaglia and Ashley Stirling

 al., 2005 ; Holt, 2016 ). While each of these factors can positively influence athletes’ experiences and developmental outcomes, these same factors can negatively influence athletes’ sport experiences ( Fraser-Thomas & Côté, 2009 ; Yabe et al., 2018 ). Growing awareness of incidence of maltreatment such

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Stewart A. Vella

participants in youth sport and may be particularly pertinent for those in higher levels of competition. Maltreatment and abuse in youth sport represent risks for young participants with particularly severe consequences ( Kerr, Battaglia, & Stirling, 2019 ). Among other vulnerable groups, children are at

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Nicole Johnson, Katie Hanna, Julie Novak and Angelo P. Giardino

community youth sport in the U.S., reports in the media continue to highlight the significance of this problem. Studies using a variety of methodologies are emerging and report significant rates of sexual, physical, and emotional maltreatment of young athletes. For example, due to variations in the methods

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Gretchen Kerr, Erin Willson and Ashley Stirling

), and Canada’s national team alpine skiing coach, Bertrand Charest, who sexually abused his female athletes ( Donovan, 2019 ), are some of many examples. Stemming from the child abuse literature, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse, and neglect are covered by the term “maltreatment.” Crooks

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Daniel Gould

essential that the growing concerns over child maltreatment, physical and sexual abuse, bullying, and neglect in youth sport be addressed ( Kerr et al., 2019 ; Mountjoy et al., 2016 ; Noble & Vermillion, 2014 ; Nurse, 2018 ). These concerns are well founded, with a reported 1 in 10 U.S. children being

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Leslee A. Fisher

psychological maltreatment . In M. Feerick , J.F. Knutson , P.K. Trickett , & S. Flanzer (Eds.), Child abuse and neglect . Baltimore, MD : Brookes Publishing . Bringer , J.D. , Brackenridge , C.H. , & Johnston , L.H. ( 2001 ). The name of the game: A review of sexual exploitation of

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Lyndsay M.C. Hayhurst, Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom and Emma Arksey

. , & Öhman , A. ( 2016 ). Respectable, disreputable, or rightful? young nicaraguan women’s discourses on femininity, intimate partner violence, and sexual abuse: A grounded theory situational analysis . Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 25 ( 3 ), 315 – 332 . doi:10

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Jack Thomas Sugden, Daryl Adair, Nico Schulenkorf and Stephen Frawley

. ( 2003 ). Blood on the Wattle: Massacres and Maltreatment of Aboriginal Australians Since 1788 . New Holland, Sydney : Angus & Robertson . Emerson , R.M. , Fretz , R.I. , & Shaw , L.L. ( 2011 ). Writing ethnographic fieldnotes . Chicago, IL : University of Chicago Press . 10.7208/chicago

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Emma Kavanagh, Chelsea Litchfield and Jaquelyn Osborne

consumers in online spaces. In fact, the virtual maltreatment of athletes is a rapidly emerging and highly significant problem in contemporary sport. Therefore, further enquiry is required relating to how high-profile women such as athletes experience gender-based online violence while in their place of

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Alan L. Smith and Daniel Gould

, but one that requires mitigation of possible risks of youth sport involvement, such as stress, burnout, and maltreatment. He also shares information on emerging sport-based programs that show promise for the promotion of positive mental health. The last article in this group addresses maltreatment in