Youth Sports in America: The Most Important Issues in Youth Sports Today

ABC-CLIO. Jun. 2018. 423p. ed. by Skye G. Arthur-Banning. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781440843013. $94; ebk. ISBN 9781440843020. SPORTS
Arthur-Banning offers a comprehensive and insightful guide to pressing issues facing athletes who participate in youth sports, a billion-dollar industry. Beginning with a short historical overview of sports in general, this collection of 37 essays by contributors with credible ties to youth sports (mostly college professors and some PhD students in fields related to recreation and sports management) examines a wide variety of topics, including concussions, substance abuse, parental pressure, and media. Each essay includes an extensive reading list of websites, books, or professional journals. Researchers will find the detailed index and the appendix of popular youth sports useful.
VERDICT A strong reference source on the sociology of sports for undergraduates and general readers.

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