ADVERSITY IN SPORTS: When’s the Right Age to Allow Competition for Kids? + MORE

ADVERSITY IN SPORTS: When’s the Right Age to Allow Competition for Kids? + MORE
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The Frustrations of Watching Your Child Sit the Bench: Two Things You Need to Know + MORE

Sitting in the stands and watching your child sit on the bench is a tough pill for sports parents to swallow. It will never be easy, but there are two things you can do to make the most of the situation:   It’s October, time for another Positive Youth Sports Winner! Who do you know...Read.... More »

INNOVATIONS IN SPORTS: Are We Handing Out Too Many Awards at the End-of-Season Banquets?

This may seem like an odd topic….but I’ve been wondering about it for a long time, and judging from the response to today’s show,it seems as though a lot of other sports fans/parents have been wondering about this growing trend as well. With the end of school year upon us, and with.... More »

Eat Fat, Get Fat or Eat Fat, Get Healthy? + MORE

  Remember when the "eat fat, get fat" mantra was all the rage? Athletes avoided fat like the plague. They ate poached fish, dry salads, and steamed vegetables in efforts to reduce the risk of getting fat - to say nothing of having a heart attack. Unfortunately for many low-fat .... More »

When Your Athlete is Too Hard on Him/Herself + MORE

Got a child who is a perfectionist? Who comes home too hard on him or herself after making mistakes in a game or practice? Who always focuses on what went wrong instead of what went right? Is your child struggling with being too hard on him or herself? Are you at a loss to know...Read More .... More »
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Safe Steps In The Return To Play Decision + MORE

By Dev Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University   Key Points: The coach will often have to make a decision on return to play during competition One tactic would be to observe the player in pregame warmup for any pain o.... More »
Sooner or later everybody has a mountain to climb. And for your child, that challenge very well may come in youth sports. He will face an obstacle, a battle, a mountain that will test him to his very core and if he manages to face that uphill climb with persistence and passion, he will succeed. Last…

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I asked the controversial question on today’s show: At what age should we start to keep score in our kids’ games, and in effect, introduce them to competition, e.g winning and losing.
I was inspired to do this after reading the the founder of the Texas Youth Football League – the basis for the reality TV series, “Friday Night Tykes,” was of the opinion that introducing 6 and 7 year old tackle football players to winning and losing was suitable – that, in effect, the sooner we introduce our kids to the harsh realities of life, the better prepared they will become…

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The Perils of Single-Sport Participation

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For the last few days, my email and social media accounts have been lit up by a simple image first shared with me on Twitter by @ohiovarsity. It is amazing because the image portrays something that is widely known among experts, widely discussed in coaching circles, and has certainly been written about by me and […

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One of the best summer jobs I ever had was renting out powerboats in Annapolis harbor. The scenery was gorgeous every day. One day, a couple took a boat out into the Chesapeake Bay with heavy waves and their boat engine broke down. They called in for help and it was my job to rescue them. I took a boat out there and found them bobbing up and down in five foot swells…

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