• Robert E. Wilkinson McGill University


A large part of the rationale behind the impetus which sport presently enjoys has come from sorne educators and youth leaders who claim that sport is the panacea for all the problems confronting youth today. It is believed by many that qualities such as cooperation, courage, and group loyalty are natural outcomes of sports participation. Sport, it is argued, is capable of developing human values and, in fact, reshaping the personality of the participant. There is widespread support for the theory that competitive athletics, particularly those of the vigorous bodily contact variety, serve as a normal outlet for aggressive tendencies and thus have an ameliorative effect on many participants. It is further held that participation in physical activities promotes not only sportsmanship and tolerance, but also brotherhood and international goodwill. Reuben Frost comments on the role of sports in our society today as follows: "One of the most universally held tenets is that sports are a microcosm of life itself and thus serve as a laboratory where a positive value system may be formulated and developed."

Author Biography

Robert E. Wilkinson, McGill University

Robert Wilkinson, Professor and Chairman in the Department of Physical Education at McGill, has done research on motivation as it effects physical performance and has studied the organization of Physical Education in France and the Soviet Union.




How to Cite

Wilkinson, R. E. (1976). ATHLETIC COMPETITION FOR THE YOUNG. McGill Journal of Education / Revue Des Sciences De l’éducation De McGill, 11(001). Retrieved from