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Sport Sites for Kids

Chryssy R Adamson

Faculty of Health Care, University of Salford, Manchester M6 6PU, United Kingdom. Email: mcadamson@lineone.net

Sportscience 4(2), sportsci.org/jour/0002/cra.html, 2000 (1756 words)

Reviewed by Rawinia Paku and Jahshana Paku (age 12), Palmerston North, NZ

 

If you want some good sports sites for kids, this review should cut down on wasted browsing time and expensive phone bills! Three kids (aged 7, 9 and 11) helped me--I've shown their overall rating with smilies. My score out of 10 summarizes the kids' general feelings along with educational content, Web design, and any fun extras that kids enjoy. A low score means the site is not good for kids, but the content may be OK for older students and adults.

 

SITE: Welcome to Smartplay!
AGES: 7 to Adult

KIDS' RATINGS:
Easy to Use      Fun to Use      Good For projects 

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A - Z of Sports

no

no

This is a really cool site!! Loads of information on sports injuries. How to avoid them, what to do (some of the pictures are a bit gory though!). The kids loved it!! 9/10

Health/Nutrition

yes

yes

Injuries

yes

yes

Fitness

yes

yes

Olympics

yes

yes

Sport History

no

no

Sport Science

no

no

 

SITE: Hillary Commission - HYPERZINE!
AGES: 7 to 12

KIDS' RATINGS:
Easy to Use      Fun to Use      Good For projects 

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A - Z of Sports

yes

yes

Pretty Cool. This site is like a sports magazine for kids in New Zealand. Really nice touches like projects and experiments and information on outdoor pursuits. 7/10

Health/Nutrition

no

no

Injuries

no

no

Fitness

no

no

Olympics

no

no

Sport History

no

no

Sport Science

no

no

 

SITE: ThinkQuest Library of Entries: Sports & Recreation
and Bodies in Motion... Minds at Rest
AGES: 7 to Adult

KIDS' RATINGS:
Easy to Use      Fun to Use       Good For projects 

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A - Z of Sports

yes

yes

Think Quest has some great articles and is easy to search. Bodies in Motion is good for learning how the body works when you exercise and how to get fit. 7/10

Health/Nutrition

yes

yes

Injuries

no

yes

Fitness

no

yes

Olympics

yes

yes

Sport History

yes

yes

Sport Science

yes

yes

 

SITE: KidsClick! Web Search
AGES: 7 up

KIDS' RATINGS:
Easy to Use      Fun to Use      Good For projects 

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A - Z of Sports

yes

yes

Lots of information but not a very exciting site. Gives a reading level for site links, which is very useful. More of a resource tool than a learning site. Overall score 7/10

Health/Nutrition

yes

yes

Injuries

no

yes

Fitness

no

yes

Olympics

yes

yes

Sport History

yes

yes

Sport Science

no

yes

 

SITE: Yahooligans! - Sports and Recreation
AGES: 7 up

KIDS' RATINGS:
Easy to Use      Fun to Use      Good For projects 

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A - Z of Sports

yes

yes

Wow, a huge site with lots of information but a little too much text and the design is a little boring. Some useful extras like sounds, videos and pictures. Lots of links. 6/10

 

Health/Nutrition

no

yes

Injuries

no

yes

Fitness

no

yes

Olympics

yes

yes

Sport History

yes

yes

Sport Science

no

yes

 

SITE: Your Class Online (part of the Lightspan site)
AGES: 6 to adult

KIDS' RATINGS:
Easy to Use      Fun to Use      Good For projects 

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A - Z of Sports

no

yes

This site is for junior teachers and kids. It has a small section on physical education. Well set out. Use the word search to find sports-related information. 6/10

Health/Nutrition

yes

yes

Injuries

no

yes

Fitness

no

yes

Olympics

yes

yes

Sport History

yes

yes

Sport Science

no

no

 

SITE: The Pop Warner TD Club
AGES: 7 to 13

KIDS' RATINGS:
Easy to Use      Fun to Use       Good For projects 

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A - Z of Sports

no

no

This site gives ideas for backyard games, nutrition and fitness. 5/10

Health/Nutrition

yes

no

Injuries

yes

no

Fitness

yes

no

Olympics

no

no

Sport History

no

no

Sport Science

yes

no

 

SITE: SportSmart New Zealand for sports injury prevention
AGES: 10 to Adult

KIDS' RATINGS:
Easy to Use      Fun to Use      Good For projects 

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A - Z of Sports

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no

Good tips for prevention and treatment of injuries, as well as keeping records. Not really for kids but could be useful for projects. 5/10

Health/Nutrition

yes

yes

Injuries

yes

yes

Fitness

no

yes

Olympics

no

no

Sport History

no

no

Sport Science

no

no

 

SITE: The Student/Athlete Resource Center
AGES: 13 to Adult

KIDS' RATINGS:
Easy to Use      Fun to Use      Good For projects 

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A - Z of Sports

no

no

Coaches and athletes will find this useful. Good tips, routines for training, and information on injuries. Aimed at teenagers to adults. 5/10

Health/Nutrition

yes

no

Injuries

yes

no

Fitness

yes

no

Olympics

no

no

Sport History

no

no

Sport Science

no

no

 

SITE: eteamz: Instruction
AGES: 13 to Adult

KIDS' RATINGS:
Easy to Use      Fun to Use       Good For projects 

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A - Z of Sports

yes

yes

Aimed at coaches and players, gives rules, tips and drills for a selection of sports. Not really for kids, but might help if you need to describe a sport and the rules. Overall Score 5/10

Health/Nutrition

no

no

Injuries

no

no

Fitness

no

yes

Olympics

no

no

Sport History

no

no

Sport Science

no

no

 

SITE: Sport! Science=AT=The Exploratorium
AGES: 6 to 15

KIDS' RATINGS:
Easy to Use      Fun to Use       Good For projects 

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A - Z of Sports

no

no

Sports science site offering some information on Cycling, skateboarding, baseball and hockey. You can also ask questions. The information is presented well with some audio and video. 5/10

Health/Nutrition

yes

no

Injuries

no

no

Fitness

yes

no

Olympics

no

no

Sport History

yes

no

Sport Science

yes

yes

 

SITE: Coaching Science Abstracts

AGES: 16 to Adult

KIDS' RATINGS:
Easy to Use      Fun to Use      Good For projects 

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A - Z of Sports

no

no

Not a kids site! Good for high school/university students, coaches and players. Very technical and scientific. 4/10

Health/Nutrition

yes

no

Injuries

yes

no

Fitness

yes

no

Olympics

no

no

Sport History

no

no

Sport Science

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no

 

SITE: Coaches Edge: for the Coach
AGES: 13 to Adult

KIDS' RATINGS:
Easy to Use      Fun to Use      Good For projects 

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A - Z of Sports

no

no

Coach-based site, not really for kids. Information on nutrition and sports psychology. Very limited selection of sports. 4/10

Health/Nutrition

yes

no

Injuries

no

no

Fitness

no

no

Olympics

no

no

Sport History

no

no

Sport Science

no

no

 

SITE: The Physics of Baseball
AGES: 13 to Adult

KIDS' RATINGS:
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A - Z of Sports

no

no

The physics of baseball. Very in-depth and a bit complicated, but has some video clips that are quite cool. 4/10

Health/Nutrition

no

no

Injuries

no

no

Fitness

no

no

Olympics

no

no

Sport History

yes

no

Sport Science

yes

yes

 

SITE: ICONnect - AskKC
AGES: 5 to 13

KIDS' RATINGS:
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A - Z of Sports

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This is really a library service to help you with a question or with project work. Kids Connect promise to get back to you with some useful sites that may help. Good idea if you are stuck. 4/10

Health/Nutrition

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Injuries

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Fitness

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Olympics

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Sport History

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Sport Science

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SITE: Choose the Best Search for Your Information Needs
AGES: 7 up

KIDS' RATINGS:
Easy to Use      Fun to Use      Good For projects 

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A - Z of Sports

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This site gives you a list of different ways to search for information on the net. More of a general site than sports related. Overall score 4/10

 

Health/Nutrition

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Injuries

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Fitness

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Olympics

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Sport History

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SITE: Coaching Youth Sports
AGES: Adult

KIDS' RATINGS:
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A - Z of Sports

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This site is about coaching youth sport and is more for parents who want to get involved. Not a particularly exciting site but the tips might be useful for would be parent coaches. 3/10

 

Health/Nutrition

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Injuries

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Fitness

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Olympics

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Sport History

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Sport Science

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SITE: Youth Sports USA and Youth Sports Europe
AGES: 7 up

KIDS' RATINGS:
Easy to Use      Fun to Use      Good For projects 

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A - Z of Sports

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This site provides links to youth league homepages (provided they have given their details). Details of fixtures and scores. Not particularly useful for education. 3/10

Health/Nutrition

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Injuries

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Fitness

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Olympics

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Sport History

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Sport Science

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