How Sports Parents Can Help Kids Before Games + MORE

How Sports Parents Can Help Kids Before Games + MORE

SPECIALIZATION CONCERNS: Why Does This Trend Continue When the Best Athletes Don’t Specialize?

A recent study by the prestigious American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons came up with two conclusions that sports parents ought to keep in mind. The problem is….they seem to contradict the other. Specifically, the Academy said that a recent survey found that 45% of all current HS athletes special.... More »

WOC #22 John Kessel, USA Volleyball, Lines Teach You How, but the Game Teaches You Why

Neurosurgeons say if they practiced the way they did 18 months ago, they’d be sued for malpractice. Heart surgeons believe if they practiced the way they did 5 years ago, they’d be sued for malpractice. Yet, in youth sport coaching we still practice the way we did when we were kids. John Kessel .... More »

Head Games: Time Management, Priorities and Feeling Overwhelmed + MORE

To listen to this new podcast series, click on the above arrow. Welcome to Week 2 of Head Games! The mental game of youth sports is key to your child’s success and this week we focus on Time Management, Priorities, and Feeling Overwhelmed.   My co-host for the series is Diane Munoz, coun.... 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 »

One Word That Will Raise Your Child’s Game + MORE

Is your child struggling? Maybe he’s in a slump, or perhaps she’s feeling unmotivated. I’d like to tell you about one word that will raise your child’s game. I saw my kids struggle several times through the years as they played. And it wasn’t because they didn’t w.... More »
On August 26, 2016 San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick first gained national attention when he kneeled while in his football uniform on the sidelines during the singing of the national anthem.  His actions started a nation-wide trend that has trickled down to youth sports. And for some, like this youth football team from Texas, the result was…

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How Sports Parents Can Help Kids Before Games

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Young Athletes And Pregame Mental Preparation
It’s so tempting, as parents, to give kids your top tips so they perform well in the game…

This is because we want so badly for our kids to perform well, stay focused, and be confident about their performance.

We can’t help but say things like, “Be sure to dribble with your head up!” And, “Make sure you shoot the ball on net!”

As well-meaning as such pregame instructions may be, they’re not productive and can backfire…

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