Sports parenting sometimes requires an honest reality check. Every parent wants their child to have success. But success doesn’t look the same for every athlete and it certainly doesn’t mean that your child is going to play in the pros, or even in college. This post is an excerpt from my.... More »
The prevailing media narrative is
that concussions or repetitive subconcussive blows "cause" chronic traumatic
encephalopathy (CTE), that CTE "causes" former athletes to commit suicide, and
such causal links are proven scientific fact.
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This week, Tommy John Surgery is the third injury in a 5-part series on youth sports injuries, sponsored by the UHealth Sports Medicine Institute, part of the University of Miami health system. UHealth is paying me for these posts because they believe strongly in the importance of a safe youth s.... More »
Parents: Help Sports Kids Let go of Mistakes
In “Sports Psychology Sessions with Doc,” Dr. Patrick Cohn answers a question from Kay about what she can do when her son freezes because the coach is really intense.
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Can your marriage and youth sports be teammates? Do you and your spouse argue over youth sports issues? Does he get way too competitive and put pressure on your child? Does she get way too protective and coddle your child? Are you frequently not on the same page when it comes to what’s best fo.... More »
Childhood trauma often occurs from distressing events or relationships that exceed a young person’s ability to understand or process a traumatic experience. Most of us link trauma with tragedies like mass shootings, rape, accidents, war, or natural disasters. But childhood trauma is also associated with “adverse childhood experiences” (ACES) including physical, sexual, or emotional abuse; neglect; violence; or separation, divorce, or incarceration of a household member…
How to Unlock Athletes’ Minds from Avoiding Mistakes
A young athlete asks:
“I’m a 14-year old basketball player. I keep holding back on the court because I’m afraid to mess up. What should I do?”
Fear of failure is one of the most common issues in youth sports.
Your children often feel the pressure of the spotlight that sports can impose on them…