ABUSIVE PARENTS AND COACHES: What Happens When We Run Out of Refs?

ABUSIVE PARENTS AND COACHES: What Happens When We Run Out of Refs?

TRENDS IN SPORTS: Why is Soccer Declining at the Youth Level?

On the morning of the World Cup championship, the New York Times decided to run an article about the declining numbers of American kids aged 6-12 playing soccer in this country. According to research conducted by the Sports and Fitness Association, which has run surveys sports for years, soccer enro.... More »
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The Female Athlete Triad: An Under-recognized Sports Health Disorder

By Andrea Kussman, M.D. Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University And Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: Female athletes are at risk for a potentially serious health con.... More »
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The Game When My Son Struck out 3 Times, and What I Learned + MORE

There are moments in a sports parent’s life that are embedded in your heart and memory so deeply that they will always move you when you think of them. One of those moments for me was when my 4th-grade son–who is now 28–struck out three times in a playoff little league game. As the.... More »
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The Game When My Son Struck out 3 Times, and What I Learned + MORE

There are moments in a sports parent’s life that are embedded in your heart and memory so deeply that they will always move you when you think of them. One of those moments for me was when my 4th-grade son–who is now 28–struck out three times in a playoff little league game. As the.... More »
The Chronic Nationwide Referee Shortage and Its Safety Risks
By Doug Abrams
 “Everybody thinks [referees] should be perfect, so mom and dad start yelling at the officials. These officials don’t want to be berated all the time, so . . . they get out.”
— Mark Jones, Alabama High School Athletic Association, Director of Officials, January 2018…

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