Cheering for the children: My life's work in youth development through sport

Maureen R. Weiss

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I adopt an autobiographical approach to chronicle the contexts, experiences, and individuals that shaped my academic and career choices, which resulted in finding kinesiology and, specifically, sport and exercise psychology. Consistent with the developmental perspective I employ in my research and practical applications, I trace my life's work in youth development through sport using transitional career stages. My academic path has been strongly influenced by hardworking and caring mentors and a commitment to balancing theoretical knowledge, applied research, and professional practice. Based on my many years in higher education, I conclude with some reflections on the future of kinesiology given past and present trends in the field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-167
Number of pages13
JournalKinesiology Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2020

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  • Autobiographical
  • Developmental sport psychology
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Positive youth development
  • Youth sport


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