TRENDS IN SPORTS: How Do You Explain “Tanking” to Kids? + MORE

TRENDS IN SPORTS: How Do You Explain “Tanking” to Kids? + MORE
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Coping With The Mental Side of Sports Injuries in Kids

Helping Sports Kids Build Confidence When Injured When kids experience sports injuries severe enough to keep them from playing or participating, they tend to have fairly dramatic reactions, said Dr. Jorge Gomez, Pediatric Sports Medicine Physician at Texas Children’s Hospital in a podcast intervie.... More »

Quotes About Curiosity to Inspire Kids’ Life-Long Learning + MORE

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You Might be Embarrassing Your Child if….

Are you unintentionally embarrassing your child? Any sports parent who uses humiliation or embarrassment to try to motivate an athlete is barking up the wrong tree. In an article by Dr. Chris Stankovich, founder of Advanced Human Performance Systems, an athletic counseling and human performance enh.... More »

ABUSIVE SPORTS PARENTS: Plane Fly-Over Banner a New Low in Parental Behavior

Chances are that you heard about this absolutely bizarre incident that took place last week at a HS baseball playoff game. It was first reported on all sorts of twitter feeds, and a number of you made sure I was aware of it. In short, at Briarcliff HS in Westchester County (NY), right before the sta.... More »
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Mental Blocks in Youth Sports: When Kids Tank

Do Young Athletes Have Mental Blocks? A sports parent says: “I have a 12-year-old son who is having major mental blocks as it comes to baseball. He feels the pressure to live up to the hype of making it to the World Series. His pitching has improved tremendously however in today’s game he w.... More »
I suspect that these kinds of conversations will become more common in the next few years:
“Coach, the best team in the tournament is in our bracket. But if we somehow figure out a way to lose our next game, we will then go into the loser’s bracket… and then we can bypass playing the top seed in the tournament until we get to the championship game……

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In late February I was traveling and speaking in Sydney and Perth, Australia, working for a variety of sports organizations including the Football (Soccer) Federation of Australia, Football New South Wales, the Western Australia Department of Sports and Recreation, and the WA Aussie Rules Football Committee…

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