With youth sports concussion safety laws in place in all 50 states, increased public awareness about concussions, and growing concern about
the long-term effect of repetitive head impacts, the demand for
concussion education, not just for parents, coaches, and athletes, but
for health.... More »
Pressure And Social Approval
Often, young athletes worry too much about what teammates, parents, coaches and friends think about how they’re performing on the court, field or course.
When they seek others’ approval of their performance and abilities, and then don’t do well, they can feel inad.... More »
No mom or dad that I know really wants to be known as a PUSHY sports parent. But at the same time, parents sometimes let their “encouragement” turn into pushiness, without realizing it or even wanting it. Sometimes parental pushiness is blatant; you see it come out as parents coach their.... More »
Despite winning four Superbowls in the ultra-competitive NFL, Tom Brady, now the father of three pre-teens, believes that youth sports have gotten too intense. According to Brady on his weekly radio spot with WEEI, playing sports used to be far simpler when he grew up. Brady spoke candidly about hi.... More »
Danny had a unique problem to confess to his men’s group. He was genuinely upset when it was his time to share. He needed ideas, he needed prayer, he needed to refocus.
“Here’s the thing,” he said to his friends. “Every morning I arrive at work cranky and in a bad mood. I chew out m.... More »
More Troubling News About Abuse of Referees
By Doug Abrams
Last week, a newspaper reported about a local youth soccer league that is “suffering a severe shortage of referees because too many are dropping out due to abuse from the sidelines.” The paper identified the usual abusers – parents and coaches…
The medical community is largely unaware of national sports preparticipation physical evaluation (PPE) guidelines and only 11% of athletes at US high schools are guaranteed to receive a PPE fully consistent with the national standard, finds a 2014 study.
The findings come despite the 2010 endorsement of 6 national medical societies of a single PPE form as part of an effort to standardize the screening process, and nearly unanimous public support for PPE screening by a qualified health care professional before participation in a consistent manner across the country…
My March "Youth Sports Hero of the Month" column honored 12-year-old Matthew Marotta for his sportsmanship at the end of a hard-fought pee wee hockey tournament game in Winnipeg, Manitoba on February 16.
For readers who might not have read that blog entry yet, the Nanaimo Clippers edged Matthew’s Prince George Cougars, 3-2, on a hotly disputed goal in the final moments of double overtime…