Recreation and Sport Studies

Studying, Experiencing and Facilitating Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport through Wellness and Physical Activity

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The Overprotected Kid

As a graduating undergraduate in RSS, an article I would like recommend reading is:

The article was written by a father and discusses how unstructured and unsupervised play can be important for children’s growth and development. What it means to be overprotected parent, how involved parents can be in their children’s lives and why children need to have unsupervised play and risk in their lives were all highlighted.

After reading the article, it made me realize that parents are often overprotective because of the media. Media coverage of selected tragic stories of children dying/ seriously injuring themselves (they were actually tragic) on playgrounds and companies got sued. No one could afford getting sued at this time so companies were trying to protect themselves, which led to parents protecting their children even more. Throughout the article, it is mentioned that the crime rate in many communities is lower then many people think; the country is safer then it ever has been and, it even suggests that kids are more likely to get kidnapped by a relative than a stranger.

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“Does Sport and Recreation need to be altered and revived to keep modern youth active”?

For my Senior Seminar presentation, I attempted to answer the research question: “Does Sport and Recreation need to be altered and revived to keep modern youth active”?  I am attempting to address the issue of how to approach  modern youth who have been categorized as “disaffected” and have shown a lack of interest in not only sport, but recreation, leisure and general play.

Many children suffer from the lack of interest and imagination through increased stimulation by TV screens, video games and the increasingly time consuming Internet. Modern youth have become more technologically aware and have acquired social media knowledge at a faster pace than the generation before.  Modern youth in middle schools often have their own phones to access any videos or images they can think of during lunches and breaks from class.

In order to deal with this, a variety of new techniques and resources are available   to get modern youth active and to re-spark their interest in Sport and Recreation.  For example, Ultimate Camp Resource is a  website offering a variety of recreational and sport activities that can re-ignite interest in active play.  It takes many fundamental skills of classic Sports and adds a “camp game twist” that also inspires creativity and fun.  It also consists of a variety of “Initiative Games” that help promotes teamwork and group creativity, which can help students participate, now in a larger group and less afraid to join in.

Another resource I have found useful in Physical Education is “Environments for outdoor play: A practical guide to making space for children.” by Theresa Casey, who addresses the social and parental issues that affects the modern habits and attitudes of children today.  The book is cited below and also is available as an e-book on the UNB library.

by Scott Fraser

Casey, T. (2007). Environments for outdoor play: A practical guide to making space for children. London: Paul Chapman

All the best to the future RSS grads!


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Physical Activity and Positive Youth Development

As a graduating undergraduate in RSS, an article I would recommend reading is:

Madsen, K. A., Hicks, K. & Thompson, H. (2010). Physical activity and positive youth development: Impact of a school-based program. Journal of School Health, 81, 462-470.

“Physical Activity and Positive Youth Development: Impact of a School-Based Program” is found in the Journal of School Health and was written by Madsen, Hicks and Thompson. I would suggest it for anyone in the BRSS degree program because it examines the benefits of youth programs, sport and recreation from a unique perspective. This article not only discusses  the usual benefits of these programs on overall physical fitness (for example cardiovascular fitness and maintaining a healthy weight), but other benefits on childhood development such as their emotional and cognitive well-being.

This article examined the critical factors associated with youth resiliency including … “social and emotional competencies such as problem-solving skills, relationships with caring adults, and meaningful participation in school” (Madsen, Hicks & Thompson, 2011, p.468). This article shows how important youth participation actually is in sports and recreational programs.

Check out this interesting link:

by Erin Seymour

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Playing it Right!

By Molly MacDonald & Lisa Bastarache

The importance of unstructured play

What is play?

Play is engaging in exercise or activity that is done for amusement or recreational purposes. Play exists in 2 formats, Structured play, which involves organization and planning like sports teams and planned activities. There is also unstructured play, which lacks any organization and planning, but a creative mind.

Why is play unstructured important?

Unstructured play is an essential part of youth development as it provides youth with many benefits such as life lessons and opportunities that they get from their experience in an environment with the people they interact with. Play can be anything from recreational activities that involve physical activities, to being creative by reading books or by doing arts and crafts.

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