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    Kines 199 Spring 2018

Parental Influences on Children in Sports

It is in the very first few years of adolescence when the parents have the most influence on a child's involvement in athletic activities. It's during this period in a child's lifetime when their parents are the only influence that they experience. There are many factors that parents have control over regarding involvement in sports, or just extracurriculars in general. This article talks about how parents are the main sources of encouragement, introduction to sports, financial support, and obviously transportation. Without these influences, a child is left without the opportunity to participate in youth sports.

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I thought this was very interesting because it was very applicable to my own life. My dad's love for baseball carried over into me wanting to play and love the game just like him and also the encouragement and help he gave me to succeed. I wish... more »I thought this was very interesting because it was very applicable to my own life. My dad's love for baseball carried over into me wanting to play and love the game just like him and also the encouragement and help he gave me to succeed. I wish the article went into teen years also because parental influences change over time, usually negatively 04-23-2018 11:11am

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Brendan,  | What a fabulous post! I relate to this so much. My parents are the reason I played sports when I was younger, as a matter of fact, I didn't even have a say, they just signed me up! When I got a little older I did get to... more »Brendan,  | What a fabulous post! I relate to this so much. My parents are the reason I played sports when I was younger, as a matter of fact, I didn't even have a say, they just signed me up! When I got a little older I did get to decide though, and I often decided to play all year round. After reading this article I look back and appreciate the commitment it took from them to keep me playing. That is paying for the sports and providing me with transportation. Great article man! 04-23-2018 8:20pm

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