Below you will find a few of our favorite blog posts that are related to youth sports, youth sports coaching and sports parenting from the past few weeks. Please feel free to visit each and we hope you find them as helpful as we do!
The numbers are staggering. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, emergency departments across the United States treat approximately 2.6 million children ages 0 to 19 for sports- and recreation-related injuries each year.
Reporter Joe Trahan, from Dallas’ ABC affiliate WFAA, visited with some former Dallas Cowboys football players who were seeking treatment at the Carrick Brain Centers for issues they have experienced as a result of concussions. Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett is one of several former Dallas Cowboys players who have struggled with the long-term affects of playing professional football.
Southern Maryland Online is reporting that the state’s high schools experienced a 3.5 percent drop (“nearly” 500 students) in football participation in the 2011-2012 season, “the largest decline the state has seen in seven years, and the third drop in four years.”
Many young athletes enjoy playing different sports and often excel in more than one.
If you’re the parent of one of these kids, it’s likely that you can sign up your child to play in multiple youth leagues at the same time. With extended seasons in many sports, programs and leagues often overlap. Even within the same sport, different leagues run at the same time. For example, your child can play in a competitive league (AAU) or one geared more to fun and development (YMCA). Opportunity is everywhere—especially when your child is a talented young athlete.
To create bullying-free schools, it’s necessary that we educate teachers, students and parents about the prevalence and consequences of it. We all believe a school should be a safe place for the children, a place where they can learn without fear or apprehension.
Sports are about winning. Soccer too is about winning. The ultimate moment of glory for any soccer player is “winning” the World Cup. Soccer players never go off on daydreams where they imagine losing the big games. No, the focus is typically about winning that big match and scoring the vital goal that sends the team and its fans into a ruckus pandemonium. But one thing I’ve noticed in soccer, at every level of the game, is that it’s not necessarily the best teams that win the big games, but often just the team that simply wants it the most.