Do Your Kids Excel In Practice Then Freeze Up During Games? + MORE

Do Your Kids Excel In Practice Then Freeze Up During Games? + MORE
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How Parents Can Help Young Athletes Improve Focus + MORE

Concentration Tips For Young Athletes Parents, do your kids focus on the score, their statistics, or other outcomes in sports? If so, you can help them avoid the problems associated with these types of focus. When kids focus too much on the outcome, they can’t concentrate on the process. In addit.... More »

I Love WATCHING You Play! + MORE

By James Leath “STOP LOOKING AT YOUR PHONE!” yells Tasha, a point guard on the 6th grade YMCA basketball team I was coaching. Immediately, I smile and start to explain to her that I forgot my watch and I needed to make sure we were on schedule. Tasha rolled her eyes, clearly unimpressed .... More »
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Interviewing tips, from calming nerves to getting good answers, from a host of veteran journos + MORE

It’s not exactly Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Interviewing But Were Afraid to Ask*, but this week Steve Buttry’s blog has offered enough interviewing advice from enough smart people that if you sit down with it, you’ll be feeling like you could tell Studs Terkel a thing.... More »

Don’t Let Your Kids Avoid the Struggle + MORE

When the struggle comes…don’t let your kids run the other direction. Is your child in the midst of a struggle? Do you need help as you support them in it? Email me if you do: Sportsparents@jbmthinks.com. For more on your child’s struggle: Why Your Kids Need to Struggle   .... More »
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Illinois Governor Signs Concussion Bill Into Law – UPDATE + MORE

UPDATED: 15:20, see below… Yesterday Illinois Gov. Rauner signed  SB0007 into law making it Public Act 099-0245 effectively titled Youth Sports Concussion Safety Act bringing a much more robust set of standards when dealing with concussions in Illinois. The bill/law is basically an extension.... More »
 
“He saved me,” said thirteen-year-old Gracie Johnson, after her parents, sister, and two cousins were tragically killed in a rock slide. She was speaking about her dad, Dwayne Johnson. The family had gone for a hike along the Agnes Vaille Falls trail in Buena Vista, Colorado. Recent rainfall had made areas of the mountains unstable…

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Your child’s coach has graciously volunteered his or her time and energy to help give your child an opportunity to play sports. This is not a sacrifice you should take for granted. That being said, coaches often have quirks, and sometimes they just do things differently than you would. I can say this because I…

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kids football tournaments 1417728466 321992275 Do Your Kids Excel In Practice Then Freeze Up During Games? + MORELisa Cohn here to tell you: We are seeing more and more perfectionist athletes today.
And that’s good news and bad news when it comes to sports.
For example, my 6-year-old son loves to practice, but freezes up during games.
If asked why, most athletes say things like, “I’m worried I may do something wrong…

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Neeru Jayanthi, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, Medical Director, Primary Care Sports Medicine, Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, says three studies of college athletes shows that they don’t specialize earlier or more than those who don’t play sports in college, that they played multiple sports, even in high school, and that the biggest predictor of whether a youth athlete will play sports in college is whether they have a first degree relative (i…

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Neeru Jayanthi, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, Medical Director, Primary Care Sports Medicine, Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, says research shows that there is only one sport, gymnastics, in which early intensive training/specialization before the age of 12 is necessary for success at the elite level.

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