Limits...
Participation in modified sports programs: a longitudinal study of children's transition to club sport competition.

Eime RM, Casey MM, Harvey JT, Charity MJ, Young JA, Payne WR - BMC Public Health (2015)

Bottom Line: Many children are not physically active enough for a health benefit.From the membership registrations, those who were enrolled in a modified sports program in the first year were tracked over the subsequent three years and classified as one of: transition (member transitioned from a modified sport program to a club competition); continue (member continued participation in a modified sport program; or withdraw (member discontinued a modified program and did not transition to club competition).If we can retain children in sport it is likely to be beneficial for their health.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: School of Health Sciences and Psychology, Federation University Australia, Ballarat, Australia. Rochelle.eime@vu.edu.au.

ABSTRACT

Background: Many children are not physically active enough for a health benefit. One avenue of physical activity is modified sport programs, designed as an introduction to sport for young children. This longitudinal study identified trends in participation among children aged 4-12 years. Outcomes included continuation in the modified sports program, withdrawal from the program or transition to club sport competition.

Methods: De-identified data on participant membership registrations in three popular sports in the Australian state of Victoria were obtained from each sport's state governing body over a 4-year period (2009-2012 for Sport A and 2010-2013 for Sports B and C). From the membership registrations, those who were enrolled in a modified sports program in the first year were tracked over the subsequent three years and classified as one of: transition (member transitioned from a modified sport program to a club competition); continue (member continued participation in a modified sport program; or withdraw (member discontinued a modified program and did not transition to club competition).

Results: Many modified sports participants were very young, especially males aged 4-6 years. More children withdrew from their modified sport program rather than transitioning. There were age differences between when boys and girls started, withdrew and transitioned from the modified sports programs.

Conclusions: If we can retain children in sport it is likely to be beneficial for their health. This study highlights considerations for the development and implementation of sport policies and programming to ensure lifelong participation is encouraged for both males and females.

No MeSH data available.


Modified sport participation: age profiles by sex
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License 1 - License 2
getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4499936&req=5

Fig3: Modified sport participation: age profiles by sex

Mentions: Table 1 shows that a total of 209,336 children (female 36.4 % and male 63.6 %) participated in one of three modified sports programs in the base year. Numbers of participants at year 1 for each age group (4–12 years) are shown in Table 2 and Fig. 1, and the percentage of each age group who were classified as transition, continue, and withdraw are shown in Figs. 2 and 3. The majority of female children were aged 8–10 years (n = 42,159; 55.4 %) compared with males who were younger, aged 4–6 years (n = 96,572; 72.5 %).Table 1


Participation in modified sports programs: a longitudinal study of children's transition to club sport competition.

Eime RM, Casey MM, Harvey JT, Charity MJ, Young JA, Payne WR - BMC Public Health (2015)

Modified sport participation: age profiles by sex
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License 1 - License 2
Show All Figures
getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4499936&req=5

Fig3: Modified sport participation: age profiles by sex
Mentions: Table 1 shows that a total of 209,336 children (female 36.4 % and male 63.6 %) participated in one of three modified sports programs in the base year. Numbers of participants at year 1 for each age group (4–12 years) are shown in Table 2 and Fig. 1, and the percentage of each age group who were classified as transition, continue, and withdraw are shown in Figs. 2 and 3. The majority of female children were aged 8–10 years (n = 42,159; 55.4 %) compared with males who were younger, aged 4–6 years (n = 96,572; 72.5 %).Table 1

Bottom Line: Many children are not physically active enough for a health benefit.From the membership registrations, those who were enrolled in a modified sports program in the first year were tracked over the subsequent three years and classified as one of: transition (member transitioned from a modified sport program to a club competition); continue (member continued participation in a modified sport program; or withdraw (member discontinued a modified program and did not transition to club competition).If we can retain children in sport it is likely to be beneficial for their health.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: School of Health Sciences and Psychology, Federation University Australia, Ballarat, Australia. Rochelle.eime@vu.edu.au.

ABSTRACT

Background: Many children are not physically active enough for a health benefit. One avenue of physical activity is modified sport programs, designed as an introduction to sport for young children. This longitudinal study identified trends in participation among children aged 4-12 years. Outcomes included continuation in the modified sports program, withdrawal from the program or transition to club sport competition.

Methods: De-identified data on participant membership registrations in three popular sports in the Australian state of Victoria were obtained from each sport's state governing body over a 4-year period (2009-2012 for Sport A and 2010-2013 for Sports B and C). From the membership registrations, those who were enrolled in a modified sports program in the first year were tracked over the subsequent three years and classified as one of: transition (member transitioned from a modified sport program to a club competition); continue (member continued participation in a modified sport program; or withdraw (member discontinued a modified program and did not transition to club competition).

Results: Many modified sports participants were very young, especially males aged 4-6 years. More children withdrew from their modified sport program rather than transitioning. There were age differences between when boys and girls started, withdrew and transitioned from the modified sports programs.

Conclusions: If we can retain children in sport it is likely to be beneficial for their health. This study highlights considerations for the development and implementation of sport policies and programming to ensure lifelong participation is encouraged for both males and females.

No MeSH data available.