Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)



First Advisor

Vicki Olson

Second Advisor

Carol Enke


This study analyzes the link between students with emotional and behavioral disorders (E/BD) and their participation in sports while attending high school. Young men and women who participate in sports are positively linked in a reduction of delinquent behaviors and show an increase of making positive choices and receiving/earning good grades. Sports can instill confidence in a child, and he/she can learn to excel at something they enjoy doing and could raise this confidence participating in a sport. This is an opportunity to overcome struggles a child may be having emotionally and socially. (Ireland, 2011) Adolescents who are a part of a sports team tend to befriend others that have the same interest. It has been found that teenagers who participate in a sport were less likely to use and abuse drugs and alcohol or engage in inappropriate activities. In most schools, being involved in sports is dependent on a student's grades and their school attendance. Basically if a sfudent wants to stay a part of the team, he/she needs to study, attend their classes regularly, and stay out of trouble. Students that play sports during high school have a better chance in furthering their education, and avoid future criminality. (Moore,2011) This research takes a look at the struggles that E/BD students may face in their school setting, and indicates the positive opportunities these students could gain being involved in sports.


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