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Participating in youth sports is one of the most valuable and enriching experiences a child can have. Youth sports, especially when approached with the right attitude, can teach children discipline, perseverance, motor skills, and life lessons, such as how to handle adversity or win and lose with grace.

Sports are also extremely beneficial on a physical level. They build muscle, strengthen bones, and allow kids some much needed exercise. On top of this you can add better brains: Physically active kids score higher on levels of both intelligence and academic performance. Between the trend of increasing screen time and an out of control child obesity epidemic, (the two of which are very much intertwined), getting kids involved in youth sports is something we desperately need right now. Unfortunately, not enough kids are playing.

*See our facts & statistics on youth sports

Yet the topic of youth sports also raises a number of concerns among parents. There’s the fear of injuries and child concussions, especially among youth football. There are questions about how much children should be training. There are problems with coaches. Then there’s the issue of all those unhinged sports parents out there; otherwise normal, sane individuals who suddenly turn into lunatics whenever their child is on the field.

Information on youth sports

The information herein is mean t to help parents navigate these difficult issues that come up. Select from the following information:

See also…

*Concussions in children & teens

Ansberry, C. (2019,June 5) “What about the awful parent at the game,” Wall Street Journal, A11
Chaker, A.M. (2019, March 6) “More girls hit the ice – a for hockey,” Wall Street Journal, A9
Clarey, C. (2020, April 20) “Gauff reveals struggles that preceded success,” New York Times, D3
Drape, J. (2020, April 20)”Shut out, and not expecting a quick rally,” New York Times, D1, D3
Etnier, J.L. (2020, March 12) “Our kids’ coaches are doing it wrong,’ New York Times, A27
Freedman, D. (2019) “Major league injuries,” Men’s Journal, Oct., p. 86
Gay, J. (2019, June 25) “Adults fighting at youth basketball – really?” Wall Street Journal, A14
Gay, J. (2019, Aug. 23) “Youth sports have gotten too crazy,” Wall Street Journal, A12
Gregory, S. (2021) “Driving force,” Time, Nov. 22, pp. 89-91
Larson, L. (2021) “The little lifter that could,” Men’s Health, April, pp. 52-56
Mitchell, H. (2019, May 28) “When is it safe for children to start strength training?” Wall Street Journal, p.       A13

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