Title

Parental Perceptions of the Impact of COVID-19 and Returning to Play Based on Level of Sport

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Sport in Society

Volume

25

Issue

7

Publisher

Routledge

Publication Date

12-27-2021

First Page

1273

Last Page

1290

Abstract

This study examined the impact of COVID-19 on youth sport parents based on competition level to understand how the pandemic affected youth sport and factors associated with youth returning to sport. Survey data were collected from samples of US sport parents in two waves - early in the pandemic (N = 751) and as programs began to resume (N = 707). Data showed elite sport parents were more willing to return. Although most participants returned to play, significant numbers had not resumed participation. Parent comfort was the most important factor associated with resuming. However, parents allowed children to resume play due to perceived external pressure, potentially creating stress among parents regarding sport participation decisions. Attending school in person and household income were associated with the ability to resume sport suggesting the need to provide school sport environments and consider the financial impacts of COVID-19 on sport families.

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