Sports participation in children and adolescents can be vital into building self-esteem, self-worth, and self-concept. As children grow into their adolescence sports participation has been researched to see if there can be a significant increase in self-esteem, self-worth, and self-concept in adolescents. Sports participation can have a positive effect on self-esteem, self-worth, and self-concept. This paper will look the different concepts of self-esteem, self-worth, and self-concept to see if sports participation can have positive effects on self-esteem, self-worth, and self-concept. Most of the research has suggested that the positive effects on self-esteem, self-worth, and self-concept can be anywhere from a significant increase in all three to slight increases in all three. The amount of self-esteem, self-worth, and self-concept that can be built through sports participation is found to be determined on certain factors that could take place with sports participation. I reviewed the general basics of self-esteem, self-worth, and self-concept to see how each of these three concepts develop, are similar, and where differences occur. The paper also examines how each of these can be affected by sports. After I looked at the information collected I have seen how sports participation can be significant in the building of an adolescent’s self-esteem, self-worth, and self-concept. This paper concludes with suggestions to help in developing self-esteem, self-worth, and self-concept through sports participation. Having parental support and adequate coaches to help support the growth of self-esteem, self-worth, and self-concept in adolescents. Providing programs for adolescents to play sports they enjoy. Making sure positive skills can be built through sports and promoting a healthy mind and body for adolescent through sports. In light of my findings it is still a topic that is up for debate. I hope this research will shed more light on the topic of self-esteem, self-worth and self-concept being built through sports participation
Year Manuscript Completed
Senior Project Advisor
Dr. Tricia Jordan
Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree
Field of Study
stephens, eric, "Sport Participation and Adolescent Athletes: Building Higher Levels of Self-esteem, Self-worth, and Self-concept Through Sports" (2017). Integrated Studies. 91.