Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Health, Physical Education and Recreation

First Advisor

Dr. Stan Sady

Second Advisor

Dr. Kris Berg

Third Advisor

Dr. Ray Millimet


Participation by children in competitive sports programs has increased considerably within the past 20 years, in part because of the increased number of competitive sports programs available for children (59). Fur­thermore, children are becoming increasingly involved at younger ages (48). Frequently, these programs are very physical, and actively compet­itive with little consideration given to how the children may respond or adapt to the strenuous exercise. It is tacitly assumed that children sports participants will experience the same physiological and physical benefits as would adult participants .


A Thesis Presented to the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts in Physical Education. Copyright 1982 Wade Hoyt Thomson.

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