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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6 Essential Tools to Help Your Child Overcome Anxiety + MORE

A Guest Post from Julie Sams, MA, LPC Anxiety stems from your child’s reaction to stress, and according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America affects one in every 8th child.  From the child who is deeply afraid of bees to the child who will not leave their home out of fear, anxiet.... More »
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Timing ACL Surgery For High School Athletes + MORE

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: It’s very important to discuss timing of ACL surgery with your orthopedic surgeon I recommend looking out over your calendar and working backwards one year fro.... More »

SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY SECRETS: What Sports Parents Need to Know

As sports parents, we worry so much about our kids learning the correct physical technique or mechanics in their sports…but about their mental approach? For example, what should you say to your youngster if they’re getting visibly nervous or moody before a game? Is it okay if they develop c.... More »

DISCIPLINE ISSUES: An Ongoing Issue for Parents, Coaches, and Kids + MORE

This is a topic that doesn’t seem to be discussed all that much these days. And yet, it’s an issue that continues to be a real concern for coaches, athletic directors, parents, and of course the athletes. I’m talking about the art of disciplining athletes, especially HS and travel team ath.... More »
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CTV News Story - Emotional Abuse of Athletes + MORE

The following two part TV expose was aired last night by Canadian TV and highlights the on-going emotional abuse of several athletes at a prestigious private school in Victoria, B.C. You will hear about the experience of two specific athletes and my involvement with this situation. Emotional abuse .... 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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