Physical Punishment

The CCES defines physical punishment of children and youth in sport as any activity or behaviour required as a consequence of poor sport performance or some other undesirable behaviour that causes an athlete physical pain, discomfort or humiliation and is:

  • disconnected from, or not logically related to, the sport performance or behaviour it is intended to change; or
  • disconnected from, or not logically related to, improving performance in the sport; and
  • not consented to by the athlete (and/or their parent or guardian) engaged in such activity or behaviour.

There is increasing evidence that physical punishment is emotionally and psychologically harmful. Although there have been no studies in a sport context, it follows that the use of physical punishment in sport might be similarly harmful.

The CCES does not support the use of physcial punishment in sport and will work to educate the sport community on this issue and encourages further research in this area.

See Also...

The Use of Physical Punishment of Children and Youth in Sport and Recreation

Practices that are physically punitive and intended primarily to humiliate children and youth in sport do not build athletic skill, speed, strength, endurance, or respect. They only cause harm.