Partnerships, social media could help Canadian sport organizations use evidence that sport can help prepare youth for the rest of their life.
Canadian-led research establishing that youth sport should be about building the whole person and not just the athlete needs to be more accessible if it is to find its way into the programming of the nation’s highest sport bodies, according to a new University of Alberta study.
“Research projects led by researchers across Canada have been producing some of the best findings in how to make youth sport a better place for kids,” said Kurtis Pankow, who is completing a PhD in positive youth development through sport. “But we found sport associations weren’t using it. That was when Nick (Holt, his supervisor) took a step back, reached out to other researchers and said, ‘I think we have to do something about this.’”
The research that was missing the mark, Pankow said, revolves around the idea that sport should be used to develop better...