How Parents Can Encourage Kids Without Pressure

How Parents Can Encourage Kids Without Pressure

DANGERS OF CONCUSSIONS: New Study Targets Long-Range Effects on 6-12 Year-Olds

This past week, new research out of Boston University revealed that kids under the age of 12 who play tackle football have a tendency in later life to develop  behavioral, cognitive and depression issues. Now, we have heard endlessly in recent years about the dangers of concussions from playing tac.... More »


Today is the day I’m going to talk about sports psychology. Many of you know me as primarily focusing on sports parenting issues, having written youth sports columns for a decade for Sports Illustrated, and of course, doing my Sports Edge show on WFAN Radio for the last 20 years. But before I went.... More »
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How to Help Athletes Who Stop Trying or Give Up

Is Your Young Athlete a Perfectionist? A young athlete asks: “I’m 14 years old and have been playing tennis since I was 5. But 2 years ago I started to go to an academy. And at the same time I started to play tournaments. One of my coaches calls me a bull because I’m always so stu.... More »
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Do I Need To See A Doctor Right Now For My Knee Injury? + MORE

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: The SAFE Method is a very handy acronym to assist any coach, athlete, or parent decide whether an injury is serious enough to require urgent evaluation by a trai.... More »

PARENTS V. COACHES: Coping with Parental Expectations for their Athletes

I’ve given this a great deal of thought, and of all the crucial issues confronting youth and amateur sports, I think the growing concern of coping with unrealistic parental expectations may be at the very epicenter of all the problems that coaches and parents face today. Yes, of course, issues.... More »
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How to Avoid Pressuring Young Athletes
A sports parent asks:
“When should children be encouraged to push through the hard times and when is it okay for them to just take a break?”
At a certain point in your children’s athletic careers, all parents must ask themselves this question…
If you push your children too hard, you risk taking the fun out of the game for them, possibly prompting them to quit…

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