By Dev Mishra, M.D.
President, Sideline Sports Doc
Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University
A recent medical study showed that more than 50% of throwing shoulders in young baseball players without shoulder pain had MRI abnormalities
These MRI issues have t.... More »
Mental Game Coaching For Young Athletes
A sport parent asks:
“My son has been in a slump with all his baseball activities that he cannot seem to shake. He cannot communicate to us what he needs to help him and we don’t want him to fail even more. How do we help him understand?”
To answ.... More »
There was a recent study published headlined by a medical professor at Northwestern University who says that girls who play HS soccer suffer a much higher incidence of concussions than boys do – even those boys who play HS football.
As you might imagine, I was somewhat stunned by this. After all, .... More »
Do you do more talking than listening as you parent? It’s a habit that many parents have. I did it a lot because I felt that my words would fix my kids and that they certainly needed to hear what I had to say! But I’ve come to learn, through my 30 years of parenting,...Read More
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Is your young athlete facing pain right now? Maybe they are not getting the playing time they want, having trouble getting along with teammates, at odds with their coach, or disappointed with their own performance. The pain of disappointments and frustrations are inevitable in youth sports and you a.... More »
Dr. Jarrod Spencer, a sports psychologist who runs Mind of the Athlete in Bethlehem, PA, had an interesting observation on my radio show this AM.
When I asked him what, in his opinion, was the most pressing concern in the world of sports parenting in terms of sports psychology, he surprised me when he said that he felt it was the growing reality that too many young athletes seem to be addicted to their cell phones, so much so that when they go to bed a night, they can’t seem to be able to put the phone down and get some sleep…
In my book, Sports Slump Busting, I discuss how fear closes the door on peak performance and can lock you into a slump. I present some techniques you can use to neutralize some of the paralyzing effects of fear, especially when that fear is related to a physical injury, such as getting hit by a ball, hitting the diving board, or missing a release move in gymnastics…
“Dad, am I a disappointment to you?” My son asked, choking back tears. I stopped dead in my tracks. We were walking out of a local amusement park on our way to the car. We had spent the day at the park to bond. It seems the plan backfired. I gathered myself. Inside I was
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