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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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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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Kim Gammage, Desi McEwan, Lori Dithurbide, Alison Ede, Karl Erickson, Blair Evans, Larkin Lamarche, Sean Locke, Eric Martin and Kathleen Wilson

characteristics in which bodies not meeting “normal” criteria become targets of maltreatment while exercising. Another finding appeared to reflect the assumption that the woman of this Facebook post was a dieter or was trying to lose weight rather than participating out of pure enjoyment; thus, this woman was

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Ross D. Neville, Fergal Lyons, Brendan Doyle and Kimberley D. Lakes

obese ( Krombholz, 2012 ), and exposed to other forms of maltreatment and abuse ( Sartori, Bandeira, Nobre, da Silva Ramalho, & Valentini, 2017 ). Other factors within the ecology of development that are implied in different studies are parenting style and motor affordances in the home ( Freitas

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Zoë A. Poucher, Katherine A. Tamminen and Gretchen Kerr

–athlete relationship and for athletes’ psychosocial development. Burke ( 2001 ) argued that each subsequent time an athlete relies on a coach, the level of athlete dependence is strengthened, and if taken to the extreme, it may increase the athlete’s vulnerability to maltreatment by their coach. Although the present

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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

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Alan L. Smith, Karl Erickson and Leapetswe Malete

-being? Clearly, we should build on the foundation provided by previous investigators and attend to important knowledge gaps in the scholarly literature. Issues surrounding the motivation of young athletes, optimizing coaching techniques, reducing athlete maltreatment, the disappearing “sandlot,” performance

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Jeffrey J. Martin

be attained by demonstrating strong sport skills, is thought to protect one from being bullied. Given the growing body of literature documenting maltreatment in able-bodied youth sport ( Kerr, Battaglia, & Stirling, 2019 ), it seems particularly timely to understand bullying in disability youth sport

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Emily Kroshus

.T. , Ridgeway , R. , & Swan , S.C. ( 2015 ). College students’ beliefs regarding help seeking for male and female sexual assault survivors: Even less support for male survivors . Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 24 ( 1 ), 102 – 115 . doi:10.1080/10926771.2015.982237 10