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Brendan O’Hallarn, Stephen L. Shapiro, Marion E. Hambrick, D.E. Wittkower, Lynn Ridinger and Craig A. Morehead

Social media’s role as a virtual water cooler has been well established ( Shirky, 2008 ), particularly for sport fans ( Sanderson, 2011 ). Social networks have been hailed for their ability to influence society ( Benhabib, 2011 ; Castells, 2012 ). There has also been criticism of social media

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Maninderjit Kaur, Timothy Gifford, Kerry L. Marsh and Anjana Bhat

Background:

Coordination develops gradually over development with younger children showing more unstable coordination patterns compared to older children and adults. In addition, children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) display significant coordination impairments. In the current study, we examined whether robot–child interactions could improve bilateral coordination skills of typically developing (TD) children and one child with ASD.

Method:

Fourteen TD children between four and seven years of age and an 11-year-old child with ASD performed dual-limb and multilimb actions within a solo and social context during a pre- and posttest. Between the pre- and posttests, eight training sessions were offered across four weeks during a robot imitation context involving karate and dance actions.

Results:

Younger TD children and the child with ASD improved their solo coordination whereas the older TD children increased their social coordination.

Limitations:

This preliminary study lacked a control group.

Conclusions:

Robot–child interactions may facilitate bilateral coordination and could be a promising intervention tool for children with ASDs.

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Ashley N. Weingartz and Stacy Warner

. The national attention provided through this exposure offered a springboard for GLL to promote their league and promote fundraising efforts across social media during the team’s tournament run. Unfortunately, like so many community sport organizations, GLL was understaffed and lacked the technical

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David Ekholm

This article deals with how sport is constructed as a means of social inclusion and integration, focusing on how various forms of social relations are conceptualized in statements and manifested in discourse. Empirically, the article is based on a study in which two sports-based interventions were

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John Maltby, Alex M. Wood, Ivo Vlaev, Michael J. Taylor and Gordon D.A. Brown

Many accounts of social influences on exercise participation describe how people compare their behaviors to those of others. We develop and test a novel hypothesis, the exercise rank hypothesis, of how this comparison can occur. The exercise rank hypothesis, derived from evolutionary theory and the decision by sampling model of judgment, suggests that individuals’ perceptions of the health benefits of exercise are influenced by how individuals believe the amount of exercise ranks in comparison with other people’s amounts of exercise. Study 1 demonstrated that individuals’ perceptions of the health benefits of their own current exercise amounts were as predicted by the exercise rank hypothesis. Study 2 demonstrated that the perceptions of the health benefits of an amount of exercise can be manipulated by experimentally changing the ranked position of the amount within a comparison context. The discussion focuses on how social norm-based interventions could benefit from using rank information.

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Dawn Anderson-Butcher

reducing youth problem behaviors ( Eime, Young, Harvey, Charity, & Payne, 2013 ; Merkel, 2013 ; Super, Hermens, Verkooijen, & Koelen, 2018 ). In this article I highlight two approaches to social development through sport, providing a broad overview of the literature to set the stage for the design and

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Anthony G. Delli Paoli, Alan L. Smith and Matthew B. Pontifex

People have a fundamental need to form and maintain stable, meaningful, and lasting relationships ( Baumeister & Leary, 1995 ). Indeed, people strongly desire acceptance and social bonds with others, frequently devote attention to the status of their relationships, and behave in ways to maintain

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Brent D. Oja, Henry T. Wear and Aaron W. Clopton

attention ( Cornelissen & Swart, 2006 ). Unfortunately, supporters and organizers typically overestimate the economic outcomes and positive image construction while underestimating the public debt and negative social costs that ensue ( Whitson, Horne, & Manzenreiter, 2006 ). These costs have significant

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Natalie M. Golaszewski and John B. Bartholomew

( HealthyPeople 2020, 2014 ). As a result, there has been an extensive history of research into social-psychological processes that might be related to physical activity. One of the more researched areas is social support ( Courneya, Plotnikoff, Hotz, & Birkett, 2000 ; Sallis, Hovell, Hofstetter, & Barrington

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Heidi A. Wayment, Ann H. Huffman, Monica Lininger and Patrick C. Doyle

Key Points ▸ This study used social network analysis (SNA) to examine relationships between social structure, identity perceptions, and concussion-reporting support in an NCAA Division I football team. ▸ Team belonging was positively correlated with having more friends and being highly connected