By Richard Dubin I am a father of four (two boys and two girls) and have been involved in youth sports for over 22 years. I have coached them all …
When Katherine Price Snedaker received a call from her son Charlie’s school telling her to pick him up
and take him to the doctor, she wasn’t entirely sure what to think. “They said he might have a concussion from being hit with a soccer ball on the sidelines during recess, and I was confused that something like this could happen when he wasn’t even playing,” she said.
By Greg Gargiulo
To the horror of his son and the surprise of the surrounding spectators, a frustrated parent descended the stands and came onto the court during a basketball game between 10- and 11-year-olds in Marietta, GA., last year, to inform the coach that he wasn’t doing a good job.
By P.K. Daniel
In 2014, Greg Parson nearly saw his all-star baseball team’s season come to an abrupt end in an attempt to save one of his ace pitchers for a potential future game. Throughout the multiday Massachusetts Little League district tournament, Parson relied heavily on two kids to pitch for Leominster.
It’s not unusual for parents to spend weekends at sports fields, rinks, courts, pools and gyms. Sports participation, which instills lasting health benefits and self-esteem, is indeed a fact of life for many families.
By Robyn Parets
Parents have been warning their adolescent children to get a good night’s sleep for many decades. While this used to be done out of concern about academic performance, today’s parents have an additional worry: Lack of sleep may increase young athletes’ risk of sports-related injury.
By John C. Hayes
College applications, standardized testing, piles of homework. It’s no wonder high schoolers are stressed out. When you add competitive sports into the mix, this creates even more anxiety. To help youth athletes learn healthful ways to relieve stress, parents and coaches are turning to mindfulness-based interventions.
By Robyn Parets