One Day You Will Miss Practice, I Promise Those two-a-day practices in the heat; those after-school battles each and every day with your teammates — I took it for granted, I must admit. Whether your sport is on 84 feet of hardwood or somewhere inside the foul lines of a baseball diamond, one .... 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 child’s self esteem constantly taking a hit? I think it’s a battle many kids fight at one time or another in their lives. In this episode of the Sports Parenting Podcast, I talk with Kirk Mango, author of Becoming a True Champion, about how coaches and parents can use sports .... More »
By Dev K. Mishra, M.D.
President, Sideline Sports Doc
Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University
Today’s post is purely my opinion, with some observations on parental influence in teenage athletics.
Towards the end of the school year, we gather with the Athletic Traine.... More »
A dad writes us saying that his son, a gifted athlete, has begun playing it safe since he became a high school player. He plays to avoid making mistakes.
“I can’t figure out how to get into his head and undo whatever is keeping him from crossing this mental boundary,” the dad says.
This da.... More »
Thanks to our guest blogger Helen Williams for this article.
Athletics is a great teaching tool; for coaches as well as their players. Sometimes we coaches forget that it’s as important for us to learn from our experiences as it is to help our players grow. I learned several things as a head coach that you can’t know until you sit in the big chair, and I use these lessons in my daily life…
There was a fascinating article in USA Today a couple of weeks ago in which top college quarterbacks were featured using private outside coaches to aid them in their development. Of course, these “private coaches” were charging for their services, anywhere from $100 an hour and up. And it was the kid’s parents (not the college football program) who paid the bill…