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Aubrey Newland, Maria Newton, E. Whitney G. Moore, and W. Eric Legg

A large body of research supports the association between sport participation and positive youth development (PYD). PYD refers to the cultivation of developmental experiences that enable youth to thrive and, ultimately, to develop into adults who will be contributors to society ( Holt & Neely, 2011

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Leisha Strachan, Tara-Leigh McHugh, and Courtney Mason

in Canada participate in sport. Research in the area of positive youth development (PYD) claims that structured physical activities are critical for development ( Petitpas, Cornelius, Van Raalte, & Jones, 2005 ). In fact, 92% of Canadians believe that sport can be used as a platform to teach positive

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Maureen R. Weiss

professor, to launch the new program. 2 The stars were certainly aligned—Dan and I worked well together and remain close colleagues and friends to this day. A year later, the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports was born, and my dream of a scholarly focus in youth development through sport was soon to

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Fernando Santos, Daniel Gould, and Leisha Strachan

Research on positive youth development (PYD) through sport has provided valuable insight on how youth sport coaches’ may facilitate positive developmental outcomes such as leadership, respect, and teamwork ( Lacroix, Camiré, & Trudel, 2008 ; Trottier & Robitaille, 2014 ). Several descriptive and

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Patricia Gaion, Michel Milistetd, Fernando Santos, Andressa Contreira, Luciane Arantes, and Nayara Caruzzo

Sport has been considered an important platform for positive youth development (PYD) due to the personal and social skills that may be developed in this context and number of participants involved on a global scale ( Gano-Overway et al., 2009 ). PYD can be defined as an asset-focused approach that

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Fernando Santos, Martin Camiré, Dany J. MacDonald, Henrique Campos, Manuel Conceição, and Ana Silva

Positive youth development (PYD) represents a framework that is widely used within youth sport research ( Holt, 2016 ; Holt et al., 2017 ). As outlined by Damon ( 2004 ), the PYD perspective “…begins with a vision of a fully able child eager to explore the world, gain competence, and acquire the

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Maureen R. Weiss, Lindsay E. Kipp, Alison Phillips Reichter, Sarah M. Espinoza, and Nicole D. Bolter

This manuscript introduces our comprehensive project evaluating the effectiveness of Girls on the Run , a physical activity-based youth development program. Considerable evidence reveals the many health benefits of regular physical activity for children and youth, including cardiorespiratory

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Tarkington J. Newman, Fernando Santos, António Cardoso, and Paulo Pereira

Positive youth development (PYD) highlights the need to consider how youth develop continuously through constant interactions with environmental systems (e.g., sociopolitical history, culture), external assets (e.g., coaches, parents), and internal predispositions (e.g., individuals’ contribution

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Maureen R. Weiss, Lindsay E. Kipp, Alison Phillips Reichter, and Nicole D. Bolter

It is widely believed that participating in sport teaches youth desirable attitudes, skills, and behaviors that can generalize to other domains, such as school and family ( 13 , 30 ). However, theory and research on coach–athlete interactions ( 17 ) and positive youth development ( 30 , 44

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Si Hui Regina Lim, Koon Teck Koh, and Melvin Chan

Active engagement in youth sport is among the most widely used approaches to promote Positive Youth Development (PYD) (e.g.,  Fraser-Thomas, Côté, & Deakin, 2005 ; Holt, 2016 ). Studies have shown that sport participation, especially during formative years, influences the development of overall