How Can Parents Help Athletes Have Fun?
A sport parent asks:
“My 5-yr-old niece is playing softball and right now she is experiencing issues of not wanting to bat with fear of getting out. It’s real bad and embarrassing, she keeps crying and having tantrums in the dugout. Also today after f.... 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 »
On September 13, 2016, coaches and youth sports leaders around the world will participate in Team Up Day, a day designed to focus on cutting down on youth sports concussions. The straightforward, but powerful goal of Team Up Day is to make sure as many athletes as possible hear a simple speech. Th.... More »
Using Email to Communicate With the Team’s Parents (Part 2)
By Doug Abrams
Part 1 of this three-part column urged community youth league coaches to consider using email to share observations and explanations with parents before, during, and after the season. The Part provided emails that I, as h.... More »
We all know what makes a bad sports parent. They yell at their kids during games and argue with the ref or coaches. But what comes to mind when you think of a good sports parent? How they act on the sidelines is one indication, says Sue Shellenbarger, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal who writ.... More »
Staph skin infections due to methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections are a well-documented complication of participation on athletic teams, with football teams, in particular, emerging as a common population in which MRSA outbreaks occur.
While concussions result from a variety of causes (in helmeted sports, most often as a result of helmet-to-helmet contact), recent studies suggest that a small percentage (about 10 percent in football) are caused by an athlete’s head hitting the playing surface.
A properly maintained playing surface can help minimize head injury risk…
No one warns you when you sign up your child for his first season of sports that it’s not going to be all fun and games.
Oh, it probably starts out that way. But something happens as kids get older and the competition gets stiffer; the light hearted fun gets forgotten as many parents get discouraged with the messiness of youth sports…