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Human Rights in Youth Sport : A Critical Review of Children's Rights in Competitive Sport - Paulo David

Human Rights in Youth Sport

A Critical Review of Children's Rights in Competitive Sport

By: Paulo David, Mary Robinson (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 10th November 2004
ISBN: 9780415305594
Number Of Pages: 338

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Does competitive sport respect children's human rights? Is intensive training child labour? Is competitive stress a form of child abuse?

The human rights of children have been recognized in the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and ratified by 192 countries. Paulo David's work makes it clear, however, that too often competitive sport fails to recognize the value of respect for international child rights norms and standards.

Human Rights in Youth Sport offers critical analysis of some very real problems within youth sport and argues that the future development of sport depends on the creation of a child-centred sport system. Areas of particular concern include issues of:

  • over-training
  • physical, emotional and sexual abuse
  • doping and medical ethics
  • education
  • child labour
  • accountability of governments, sports federations, coaches and parents.

The text will be essential reading for anybody with an interest in the ethics of sport, youth sport, coaching and sports development.

The Conceptual Frame
A black hole: absence of debate, data and research
The rule of law enters the sport arena
In the best interests of the child?
Wining at any cost
The age of innocence: minimum age for competing
Abuse and violence: the integrity of the child athlete
Sharp Practice: Intensive training and child abuse Bearing the brunt: Physical abuse and violence
Below the belt: psychogical and emotional abuse
Foul play: Sexual abuse and violence
Dicing with death: Doping and medical ethics
The economics of sports and its impact on the rights of young athletes
Work to rule: Economic exploitation and child labour
Factories of champions: moulding of professional athletes
Play the market: Trafficking and sale of young athletes
Empowering young athletes
Writing on the wall: The right to education
A power of Good: Civil rights of young athletes
A far field: Non-discrimination
It's just a game? Responsibilities of adults
Reaping the fruits: Responsibilities, rights and duties of parents
Pass the baton: Accountability of couches and managers
Reversing trends: human rights as a powerful tool
Forging a new future: towards a child-centred sport system
Olympic values and the rights of the child
The human rights approach: an added value for the competitive sport system
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ISBN: 9780415305594
ISBN-10: 0415305594
Series: Ethics and Sport
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 338
Published: 10th November 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1