SPORTS PARENTING: Is It Okay for Our Young Athletes to Fail in Sports?

SPORTS PARENTING: Is It Okay for Our Young Athletes to Fail in Sports?
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Be On The Lookout For Heat Illness and Exertional Heat Stroke

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: Heat Illness is a broad term used for a range of problems such as dehydration, cramping, dizziness, heat exhaustion and a very serious problem called heat stroke.... More »

ABUSIVE COACHES: When HS Coaches Want Kids to Practice Their Sport….All Year Round

We all know about the ongoing tug-of-war between HS varsity coaches and travel team coaches, and how all coaches are eager to have their top athletes dedicate the bulk of their practice and game time to each coach’s respective sport. We know about all of this from the battles between HS varsit.... More »

6 words every young athlete needs to know

Your young athlete needs to know this very important truth. As a sports parent, you will give a lot of advice, coaching, and encouragement to your young athlete over the years. As you do, remember that there is one phrase that every athlete needs to hear and believe from his parents. There’s .... More »
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Revisiting the Head First Slide and Breakaway Base Debates + MORE

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: A recent study shows that head first sliding has a higher injury risk than feet first sliding Additionally, breakaway bases also reduce injury risk from sliding .... More »

How I Made Peace with My Child’s Lack of Playing Time

Lack of playing time is a cause for extreme concern for many sports parents. I know it was for me. Worrying about playing time kept me awake at night, made my stomach upset and sometimes made me irritable and negative. I suppose if it happened every season with every child, I would have gotten used..... More »
As many of you know, I was on vacation last week. That break gave me some time to catch up on a lot of email and articles, and during my time off, one parenting column in particular – written by a parenting reporter from CNN, Kelly Wallace —  caught my eye.
The column’s headline was: Why Is it So Hard to Let Our Kids Fail?
Wallace was writing about all different aspects of kids growing up and competing in school, theatre, music, and so on…

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