When Kids Specialize Early, They Lose The Hunger To Compete
Specialization and year round play without changing sports can often cause kids to lose their passion.
After Injuries, It's Not About When Kids Return To Play, But How
It's natural to want to help your kid back from injury, but parents must also think about quality of treatment
Winning is important, but it's more important to help kids learn life lessons because trophies collect dust.
Lavoi explores the lack of gender balance in the youth coaching ranks and why more mothers need to coach youth
Praising ineffective or absent effort is the same thing as telling kids "I don't expect you to improve."
Olympian Carrie Tollefson On The Definition Of Competitive Spirit
The key word for this Olympian in defining "competitive spirit" is "perseverance."
An Olympic Distance Runner On Digging Deep When Facing Adversity
2004 U.S. Olympic Distance Runner Carrie Tollefson on taking a long view to overcome injury.
Reasons For The Rise In ACL Injuries
An orthopedic surgeon explains the role of overuse in the rise of ACL tears in younger athletes.
Negative Consequences From Changes In Youth Sports Economics
A doctor observes changes from school-based sports to pay-to-play clubs that render players expendable.
Why Athletes Must Take Care To Recover Fully From Injuries
An orthopedic surgeon emphasizes the importance of full recovery & resisting pressures to return too early.
The Wisdom Of Pursuing Athletic Scholarships
Dr. Donahue cautions parents against putting too much stock in children's abilities to win sports scholarships
A Doctor's View On Attrition Rates In Sports And Why Kids Quit
Dr. Joseph Donahue shares his views on what drives kids out of sports - everything from injury to lack of fun.
A Doctor's Perspective On Early Sport Specialization
An orthopedic surgeon explains how data show the disadvantages of early sport specialization.