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Scholars Day 2008, Wednesday, April 9

Participation Versus Performance in American Interscholastic Sport

The adolescent years are critical in the personal growth of each athlete, therefore an appropriate model of sport must be developed that will nurture athletes through these years, yet still allow for competition and skill testing and mastery. The purpose of this paper will be to take an in-depth look at the two models currently manifesting themselves in American interscholastic athletics and to identify the strengths and weaknesses of these models in relation to athletic and personal development. A third model will then be formulated that incorporates the strengths of the first two models while attempting to correct the problems that their weaknesses create. Finally possible objections to this new model will be considered and discussed.

Presenter: Adam Pfleegor (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Physical Education and Sport
Location: 105 Edwards
Time: 1:35 pm (Session III)