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SHAPE Member Teams Up With Aspen Institute's Project Play

SHAPE America member Michael Sagas, Professor and Chair of the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management at the University of Florida, recently teamed up with the Aspen Institute's Project Play to garner research around some of the grittiest questions in American sport.

Project Play is a two year project led by Tom Farrey, director of the Aspen Institute's Sport & Society Program that aims to get and keep more children involved in sports. Sagas, with the help of undergraduate student researcher Yasamin Sabeti, and with editorial observations provided by Farrey, authored a research brief that summarizes the most current and relevant research necessary to answer the following questions:

  • What are the benefits and drawbacks of early sport specialization?
  • What are the benefits and drawbacks of early sport sampling?
  • What is the "10 year/10,000 hour rule" and is it required for sport mastery?
  • What is the role of "deliberate play" in the acquisition of sport skills?
  • What's the best evidence supporting Long-Term Athletic Development?

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