selling big dreams. And, the denial runs deep among sports parents.”
At least, that’s the word from Aisha Sultan of the St. Louis Post-
Dispatch in an article that is garnering national attention.
If your children are involved in sports, you’ve probably seen this
denial. It usually manifests itself as an angry parent yelling at his
young child from the sidelines. This scene has become so common that
hardly anybody pays attention anymore. And that’s alarming.
It’s not just that these parents are a distraction. They can be
downright dangerous. We’ve all heard stories of parents getting into
physical altercations with other parents, referees, umpires, and
coaches. Other times, it is more subtle. There is a reason why doctors
have been reporting more and more overuse injuries in younger and
While the reason for increased parent “participation”
clear, it may have to do with the notion that big businesses, such as
year round travel leagues, have effectively sold the idea that they
can make any child into a college or professional sports star. This is
"The notion that you can train your child to become a college athlete
America's Obsession with Youth Sports and How it Harms our Kids.
Realistically, the percentage of high school athletes who go on to
play college sports is about 5%. Far fewer get full rides, and very
few of those scholarship athletes even make it to the pros.
“Unfortunately, the real reasons to involve children in sports have
been lost among many parents,” said Timothy Ward, Operations Manager
of Athletic Revolution International, a rapidly growing youth fitness
Those reasons would include physical and mental health and
development, teaching youngsters how to work as a team, and developing
leadership skills that are valuable throughout life. A pipe dream of a
big fat paycheck from a professional sports organization isn’t on that
“Athletic Revolution was founded on sound scientific principles of
growth and development. Children are not professional athletes,
neither physically nor emotionally, so we shouldn’t treat or train
them like they are,” said Jason Yun, owner and head coach of Athletic Revolution
Hilliard. "So, please, when it comes to youth sports, let kids be
kids. The chances of them becoming the Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, or
Tom Brady is not good, especially if you push them too hard at a young age.
For more information on effective coaching or training for young
athletes, contact Jason Yun, the head coach of Athletic Revolution
Hilliard at 614-432-9703 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or visit the website at http://www.athleticrevolutionhilliard.com
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