Athlete role models

The impact of athlete role models on youth development and sports participation

Athletes have always been seen as role models in society, due to the values sports participation represents. Sports are seen as a physically and mentally healthy stress outlet, with participants being encouraged to express and improve not only their physical state but also their mental wellbeing; setting goals and working towards their achievement, whilst forming social relationships in the process. Therefore, athletes are seen as role models playing a crucial role in shaping youth development and encouraging sports participation.