Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Helping High School Female Athletes Develop Good Sport Conduct: A Workshop Intervention

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Helping High School Female Athletes Develop Good Sport Conduct: A Workshop Intervention

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Jennifer J. Waldron, Lori A. Gano-Overway, T Michelle Magyar, Marta Guivernau, and Martha E. Ewing, Michigan State University

Sport is an arena where positive values can be taught to athletes. Yet, it is all too common to observe or read about parents, coaches, or athletes who engage in poor sport conduct. Because of this, interventions need to occur in order to help athletes understand the importance of good sportspersonship and to discuss ways to engage in good sport conduct. Hence, the authors conducted a workshop on sportspersonship for female high school athletes at a leadership conference. Sixty-four high school athletes from the Midwest attended the workshop. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the workshop contents and the effectiveness of a single intervention strategy. The workshop focused on having the athletes construct definitions of sportspersonship and discuss ways to implement strategies to promote sportspersonship on their teams; for example, some small groups conversed about using the strategy of having team members sign a good sport conduct contract at the beginning of the season. …

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