Yeah, so virtuous isn’t usually a word used to describe athletes. We’ve all heard athletes described as persistent, tenacious, and hard-working. But Virtuous? If you’re one of those who believes that youth sports is just youth sports and it really has no significance in the scheme.... More »
A few days ago, Ken Belson of the NY Times did a probing feature about the continuing decline of HS football numbers in this country.
Ken happened to focus on Maplewood Richmond Heights HS, a HS school from the St. Louis suburban area, a public HS that just five years ago was competing for a Missour.... More »
By Dev K. Mishra, M.D.
President, Sideline Sports Doc
Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University
Warmup based injury prevention programs such as the FIFA 11+ and others show a dramatic reduction in injury rates for young athletes
The results are so impressiv.... More »
ONCE AGAIN, recent news brought us a sad story from the world of youth sports. In the Little League World Series for softball, a team from South Snohomish, WA was found to have purposely given less than their best effort in a game, in order to eliminate a potential competitor from the semifinals. Th.... More »
Motivating Young Athletes Without Pressuring Them
In our survey of more than 3,000 sports parents, the top challenge cited by parents of young athletes is this:
How can I help my kids get the most of out sports without pressuring them?
In the survey, 68.7 percent of respondents named this issue as a.... More »
What’s at stake in a family, pick-up game of touch football? Usually, just bragging rights. Or, maybe the stakes are higher, e.g., who has to do the dishes after the meal. Whatever the case, it’s important to enter into the game with a plan of attack.
Here are some strategies and tactics to help your team post a “W” and enjoy the spoils that come with victory…
Let’s be honest: Winning is fun! And in sports, the goal is to win. Plain and simple. Can we cut through the politically correct garbage and just say it: it is about whether you win or lose, not just how you play the game. But there is a line that many parents and coaches cross when…Read More
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The people of ancient Galatia (modern day Turkey) lived on a plain that was virtually indefensible, but they managed to survive there for nearly 600 years. How did they do it? Well, when an enemy attacked, they would take their entire family with them to see the battle. Wives and children would stand a few hundred yards behind the Galatian soldiers to remind the men that if they lost, their enemy would own their families…