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Realising the benefits of sports and physical activity : the human capital model

Bailey, Richard, 1966-; Cope, Ed; Parnell, Daniel


Despite the fact that physical activity is universally acknowledged to be an important part of healthy functioning and well being, the full scope of its value is rarely appreciated. This paper introduces a novel framework for understanding the relationships between physical activity (and specific forms of activity like sports) and different aspects of human development. It proposes that the outcomes of physical activity can be framed as differential ‘capitals’ that represent investments in domain-specific assets – Emotional, Financial, Individual, Intellectual, Physical, and Social. These investments, especially when made early in the life course, can yield significant rewards, both at that time and for years to come. The paper also outlines some of the conditions necessary for the realization of Human Capital growth through sports and physical activity, focusing on the social factors that influence participation for children and young people.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2015
Journal Retos
Print ISSN 1579-1726
Electronic ISSN 1988-2041
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Pages 147-154
Keywords Sport, Physical activity, Human capital model, Children, Young people
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Additional Information This is an open access article published in Retos, 2015, Vol. 28.


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