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JAER > Volume 5, Number 3, August 2020

Implications of Psychosocial Risks Associated with Adolescents’ Sports Participation: Need for Sport Counselling

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DOI: 10.22606/jaer.2020.53007

Author(s)
Gloria O. Nwankwo, Rosemary O. Ekechukwu
Affiliation(s)
Department of Human Kinetics & Health Education, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Department of Educational Psychology, Guidance & Counselling, Faculty of Education, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Abstract
Sports participation is generally appreciated especially when adolescents are involved but the risks associated with this venture are often treated with levity even when it is obvious that they can mar the adolescents’ ambition in sports if not well managed. The main thrust of this paper is to identify psychosocial risks associated with adolescents participation in sports and the implications of these risks on sports as a career. In conclusion, it posits that risks associated with sports participation should be identified and analyzed holistically in order to proffer effective management strategies so that the choice of sport as a career would be embraced by adolescents. Its recommendations include: That sports federations should employ safety and counselling personnel to be part of their technical crews who would also be involved in the development of school sports: Adolescent should be sensitized on inherent risks associated with their choice of sport and their role in effective management of the risks. Risk assessment should be conducted for every competition and adequate control measures put in place to minimize risk.
Keywords
psychosocial risks, adolescents’ sports participation.
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