NDSU Graduate Students

Frequency Asked Questions About Early Sport Specialization

Youth athletes, and often their parents, are enamored with the so-called benefits of sport specialization, but sometimes fail to consider the risks involved. The idea of receiving a scholarship after high school to play sports often outweighs the negative effects that...

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The Influence of Peer Connections in Youth Sports

The need for positive outcomes from peers is greatly amplified in teams with players from different school systems:  traveling teams, summer leagues, and youth sport camps and trainings.  Peer connections are an under-utilized tool offered to every sport team.  Peer...

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An Argument for Late Specialization In Youth Sport

This paper looks to investigate youth athlete dropout rates, the reasons for youth athlete dropout, and ways to improve youth athlete retention through analysis of preexisting research. It was found that youth athlete dropout rates are alarmingly high. It was also...

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Benefits of Attaining Coaching Certification

In today’s competitive youth, club, and high school sports teams, there is an even greater need than ever before for all relevant adults to go through and complete a coaching certification course. The benefits of being certified or having certified coaches on your...

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Learning from Losses