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Youth Sport, Physical Activity and Play by Don Vinson, Andrew Parker

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4    Sport, intervention and self-esteem: Promoting physical activity with disengaged adolescents

Denise M. Hill, Nic Matthews, Lindsey Kilgour, Tom Davenport and Kara Wilcox

Introduction

Various forms of physical activity (PA) are known to enhance physical health (see Bouchard et al., 2012), with evidence suggesting that PA may also influence mental health (Ahn and Fedewa, 2011). Yet, such evidence has been generated from studies which have been primarily small scale, cross-sectional in nature and lacking measurement consistency. Moreover, as a consequence of the fact that the literature in this area has predominantly focused on adult populations, the influence of PA on adolescent1 mental health remains equivocal (Biddle and Asare, 2011). This ...

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