One of the basic fundamentals that all coaches embrace – whether at the youth, travel, or HS level – is that a coach has to give feedback to one’s athletes.
Problem is, it’s rare for a coach to be trained at any level on how to do this. In short, it’s just sort of ̶.... More »
What Can Happen When Parents’ Abuse Chases Away Coaches
By Doug Abrams
The other day, a want-ad of sorts appeared on the computer screen while I was reviewing youth sports articles in the nation’s newspapers. The want-ad was longer than the few-inch ones that typically dominated newspaper clas.... More »
Donating to Youth Before the End of the Year
By Doug Abrams
Headlines and commentary report adult excesses in youth sports with unfortunate regularity, but sometimes a positive story stays with readers for its inspiration. The staying power may last for years.
In 2011, the Simcoe (Ontario, Canada.... More »
Mental Preparation For Young Athletes
A parent asks:
“My child doesn’t seem as mentally ready as some of the other kids in his league. I need concrete ideas on what to say and do to help my child prepare for competition.”
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”.... More »
As a sports parent, what do you say to your youngster who has just experienced “the agony of defeat” for the first time in their very young career?
That kind of parental experience inspired sportswriter Sam Weinman to write a new book with the provocative title, WIN AT LOSING: How Our .... More »
Carla Morton, Ph.D., a pediatric neuropsychologist at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, explains that a neuropsychologist has specialized training in how the brain works, and how to measure how a concussion disrupts how the brain function and identify areas in which the child is having difficulty…
Dr. Carla Morton, a pediatric neuropsychologist at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, says a science-based, individualized approach to concussion management is needed because brains and concussions are like snowflakes: no two are the same.
Early identification and removal from play in case of suspected concussion is not only critical to avoiding longer recovery and increased risk of serious, potentially catastrophic brain injury, says Elizabeth M. Pieroth, Psy.D, a Board Certified Neuropsychologist, and Associate Director of the Sports Concussion Program at the NorthShore Medical Group, but because an athlete who keeps playing with concussion is more likely to suffer an orthopedic injury and can’t perform as well, so that in staying in the game because they don’t want to let their teammates down they end up letting their teammates down because they don’t play well…
Stay Confident After A Loss
It’s easy to hurt your young athletes’ confidence after a game, saying the wrong things or talking too much about the game, especially if your team lost.
Many kids link their self-esteem with their performance. We don’t want that to happen. Too often, parents say things that sink kids’ confidence and self-esteem after a game…
To listen to the podcast, click on the above arrow. In this episode I am featuring Skye Eddy Bruce of The Institute for Soccer Parenting. Skye is the founder of SoccerParenting.com and a former All-American goalkeeper, professional player and collegiate coach. As a mother of two athletes, she knows what it takes to be a positive soccer mom,…
Most sports-related concussions can be managed by a pediatrician, says Dr. Carla Morton, a pediatric neuropsychologist at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, because they know the child the best. Where is there a need for specialized care, the pediatrician can decide which specialist the child should see.