FOCUS QUESTIONS

1. How many teens in the U.S. play sports?

2. Do levels of sport participation vary between girls and boys?

3. What are the physical and social benefits of playing sports?

4. Teens have growing bodies.  What kind of injuries can happen to teens when they are playing sports?

5. What can teens do to reduce the number of sport injuries?

6. What can school districts and coaches do to reduce a number of teen injuries from playing sports?

7. Do disabled teen play sports?  What are the benefits and disadvantages of playing sports for disabled teens.

8. How can athletes help others in their community and make a positive social impact?  Are there any examples in your community and/or your school district?


links

1. How many teens in the U.S. play sports?

LiveStrong:
http://www.livestrong.com/article/373329-how-many-youth-participate-in-sports-in-the-u-s/

ESPN:
http://www.espn.com/espn/story/_/id/9469252/hidden-demographics-youth-sports-espn-magazine

Statistics Brain:
http://www.statisticbrain.com/youth-sports-statistics/

National Federation of State High School Associations:
https://www.nfhs.org/articles/high-school-participation-increases-for-25th-consecutive-year/

 

2. Do levels of sport participation vary between girls and boys?

Wharton Sports Biz:
http://whartonsportsbiz.org/documents/research/TitleIXandtheEvolutionofHighSchooSports-11-07.pdf

Human Kinetics:
http://www.humankinetics.com/excerpts/excerpts/a-closer-look-at-some-trends-in-youth-sport-participation

Women’s Sports Foundation:
https://www.womenssportsfoundation.org/home/advocate/title-ix-and-issues/what-is-title-ix/title-ix-myths-and-facts

National Federation of State High School Associations:
https://www.nfhs.org/articles/high-school-participation-increases-for-25th-consecutive-year/

 

3.What are the physical and social benefits of playing sports?

Sport and Dev.org:
http://www.sportanddev.org/en/learnmore/sport_and_health/the_health_benefits_of_sport_and_physical_activity/

The Foundation for Global Sports Development:
http://globalsportsdevelopment.org/benefits-of-school-based-sports/

Healthline:
http://www.healthline.com/health/mental-benefits-sports#2

Health Fitness Revolution:
http://www.healthfitnessrevolution.com/top-10-health-benefits-youth-sports/

Health.gov:
https://health.gov/paguidelines/blog/post/the-benefits-of-playing-sports-arent-just-physical!.aspx

The Aspen Institute:
http://www.aspenprojectplay.org/the-facts

 

4.Teens have growing bodies.  What kind of injuries can happen to teens when they are playing sports?

Kids Health.org:
http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/sports-injuries.html

Stanford Children’s Health:
http://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=sports-injury-statistics-90-P02787

Safe Kids Worldwide:
http://www.safekids.org/search?search_api_views_fulltext=sports

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases:
http://www.niams.nih.gov/health_info/sports_injuries/child_sports_injuries.asp

 

5.What can teens do to reduce the number of sport injuries?

Johns Hopkins Medicine:
http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/articles-and-answers/prevention/10-tips-for-preventing-sports-injuries-in-kids-and-teens

Kids Health:
http://kidshealth.org/en/kids/sport-safety.html

American Academy of Pediatrics:
https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/news-features-and-safety-tips/Pages/Sports-Injury-Prevention-Tip-Sheet.aspx?nfstatus=401&nftoken=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000&nfstatusdescription=ERROR:+No+local+token

Us News & World Report:
http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/brain-and-behavior/articles/2008/12/10/how-to-protect-a-teen-athlete-from-sports-injury

Stop Sports Injuries:
http://www.stopsportsinjuries.org/STOP/Prevent_Injuries/Athletes_Resources.aspx

 

6.What can school districts and coaches do to reduce a number of teen injuries from playing sports?

University Interscholastic League:
https://www.uiltexas.org/health/info/reducing-head-and-neck-injuries-in-football

National Center for Biotechnology Information:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK185338/

The School Superintendents Associations:
http://www.aasa.org/SchoolAdministratorArticle.aspx?id=15328

Stop Sports Injuries:
http://www.stopsportsinjuries.org/STOP/Prevent_Injuries/Coaches_Resources.aspx

 

7.Do disabled teen play sports?  What are the benefits and disadvantages of playing sports for disabled teens?

Home Room US Department of Education:
http://blog.ed.gov/2013/01/we-must-provide-equal-opportunity-in-sports-to-students-with-disabilities/

Us News:
http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/25/16696160-disabled-students-must-be-given-sports-says-education-dept

National Federation of State High School Associations:
https://www.nfhs.org/articles/accommodating-disabled-students-into-athletic-programs/

Disabled World:
http://www.disabled-world.com/sports/

Global Sports Development:
http://globalsportsdevelopment.org/kids-disabilities-play-sports/

NY Metro Parents:
http://www.nymetroparents.com/article/The-Benefits-of-Sports-for-Children-with-Special-Needs

UN.org:
http://www.un.org/wcm/webdav/site/sport/shared/sport/SDP%20IWG/Chapter5_SportandDisability.pdf

 

8. How can athletes help others in their community and make a positive social impact?  Are there any examples in your community and/or your school district?

National Federation of State High School Associations:
https://www.nfhs.org/articles/student-athletes-and-community-service-a-win-win-strategy/
https://www.nfhs.org/articles/developing-a-culture-of-community-service-for-your-program/

Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association:
http://www.miaa.net/gen/miaa_generated_bin/documents/basic_module/Complete_Essay_Book_2011.pdf

USA Today High School Sports:
http://usatodayhss.com/2015/gonzagas-lacrosse-team-values-community-service