Violent Sport and Children’s Audience Participation

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Laurel Traynowicz


Many children are naturally drawn to sporting events either through family activity participation or personal interest. Hockey, long known as a physical, aggressive and potentially violent sport, often has young fans in attendance at live sporting events. The intention of this study was to observe the reactions of children who attend professional hockey games. Both the nature and level of children’s participation were examined through observational methods. Violent occurrences, defined as moments of violence such as hard hits and fights displayed both within and outside of regulation rules of play constituted the study’s primary focus. Results include an identification of levels of reaction and participation, and implications are drawn regarding children’s spectator status during violent sporting events.

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