By Tamara Hew Butler, DPM, Ph.D., FASCM
When we hear about catastrophic injury and death amongst athletes, we typically think about concussion (1), cardiac arrest (2) and heatstroke. (3) Exercise-associated hyponatremia (EAH) is rarely uttered amongst the "big three", despite .... More »
When Casey Stengel was managing the hapless New York Mets in their first year of existence in 1962, Casey became so frustrated with his team’s lack of fundamental baseball that he once exclaimed in frustration: “Can’t anybody here play this game?”
That moment was well over 50.... More »
Mental Game Coaching For Young Athletes
A sport parent asks:
“My son has been in a slump with all his baseball activities that he cannot seem to shake. He cannot communicate to us what he needs to help him and we don’t want him to fail even more. How do we help him understand?”
To answ.... More »
I’ve given this a great deal of thought, and of all the crucial issues confronting youth and amateur sports, I think the growing concern of coping with unrealistic parental expectations may be at the very epicenter of all the problems that coaches and parents face today.
Yes, of course, issues.... More »
Every youth sports parent should embark on the youth sports journey remembering the quote first uttered by playwright Oscar Wild: To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect. Expect the unexpected is a perfect prediction of what will happen when your child plays sports. After 22.... More »
NCAA Lacrosse Final Four Previews To many, lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in America — not soccer, not Ultimate, not anything. And yet, it can still be majorly difficult to find it on TV or in the mainstream media. However, if you’ve ever been interested in getting into this wonderful, fast-paced sport, this weekend […]
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You don’t have to be a crazy sports parent to be a little too invested in your child’s youth sports experience. I was never seen as a whacko parent, but there were definitely times when I sensed that I was taking my kids’ games way too seriously. When I was thinking clearly enough to see…
Slumps and repetitive performance problems are a natural and terribly frustrating part of any sport. They can sometimes drive coaches to distraction and athletes into quitting or early retirement!
Unless you can learn to constructively handle times when you fall into a slump or suddenly have problems performing in your sport, you’ll have a difficult time reaching your full potential…
A New Canadian Report Holds Lessons For American Youth Sports
By Doug Abrams
In early May, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) wrote a series of articles about Sport & Belonging, a new report that spotlights excesses that mark many youth sports programs in that nation. The report’s influence should not stop at the border because similar excesses mark many youth sports programs in the United States…