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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Four in 10 children ‘put off sport by competitive parents’

The Telegraph – Javier Espinoza

” Four in 10 children are put off sport by over-competitive parents telling them they are too fat or lazy to run and making them cry in front of team-mates. Parents telling children they are “too heavy” or that they have made a “pathetic mistake” are also factors contributing to children not wanting to play sports, according to a new survey. One of the 1,002 children polled reported witnessing a dad telling a boy on the opposition team he was “rubbish”, while a mother was seen “shouting abuse at a referee”. Many children cried in front of their team-mates as a result of verbal abuse by parents. Other cases of abusive behaviour included children being called “losers” and “cheaters” by parents from the opposite team. A boy was called “stupid” by his dad each time he played. In total, nearly half of the eight to 16-year-olds questioned said the bad behaviour of parents made them feel like they did not want to take part in sport, according to a study by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and the Chance to Shine charity.”(more)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

How Young Is Too Young to Run?

U.S. News & World Report – Anna Medaris Miller

“While there’s no question that physical activity in youth is critical for physical and mental health, as well as for developing lifelong healthy habits, how exercise is presented and pursued matters, says Skye Donovan​, a physical therapist and associate professor of physical therapy at Marymount University, who researches childhood obesity…Tailoring children’s exercise habits to their age is important…Kids are not just little adults – they have different physiology…There are also psychological concerns with young runners…An emphasis on competition rather than enjoyment can also be a problem for children.”(more)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Too Much Parenting, Not Enough Exercise

The Wall Street Journal – Ann Lukits

“Hyper-parenting may increase the risk of physical inactivity in children, a study in the April issue of Preventive Medicine suggests. Children with parents who tended to be overly involved in their academic, athletic and social lives—a child-rearing style known as hyper-parenting—spent less time outdoors, played fewer after-school sports and were less likely to bike or walk to school, friends’ homes, parks and playgrounds than children with less-involved parents.”(more)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Fun, Fitness and Fostering Character: 8 Tips to Make Youth Sports Great for Kids

The Huffington Post – Anne Josephson

“Parent brawls, coaches who belittle athletes and the kids who are suffering from injuries, eating disorders or stress and exhaustion. It can leave a parent wondering: why is it valuable for my child to play youth sports? As a former athlete, parent to four and owner of a gymnastics club for the past ten years, I can assure you that there are many, many reasons why participating in sports is good for kids. Those reasons can be separated into three categories: fun, fitness and the fostering good character. Playing sports can be fun. Fun is often thought of as a superfluous, silly non-essential of life. Like frosting, it’s fluffy and delicious but lacks any nutritional punch and actually has the lesser-desired effect of rotting your teeth. In fact, the word just so often predicates the word ‘fun’ that we dismiss the significance of fun in our lives.”(more)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

There’s Still Important Value for Youth Participating in Competitive Sports

The Huffington Post – Kirk Mango

“With the constant media attention given to illegal PED use by elite and professional athletes, along with other cheating and poor, unethical, even abusive behavior by them as well as some coaches, parents and athletes at many levels of sport… you really have to wonder whether kids derive any benefits from participation in competitive sports. Furthermore, parents of athletic youth (considering the above scenarios) have to question the supposed life lessons so many, including myself, promote as part of this experience. Basically, are the time, energy and effort put into these competitive activities worth what one derives from them? Are the risks worth the reward? In other words: Are sports valuable for our children to play? I would answer all the above questions with an emphatic YES! Even in our current youth sports culture, the opportunity still exists for youth to gain valuable benefits from playing sports. These “advantages” — being many and varied — encompass three intrinsic categories involving aspects that both directly and indirectly impact each other.”(more)

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Sports Set Our Kids up for Success — but WE Must Follow Through

The Huffington Post – Scott Rosberg

“There are many reasons why sports are so valuable for our children to play, no matter what age those children may be. Of course, helping kids develop and maintain physical fitness is one extremely important reason why kids should play sports. Playing sports helps kids stay healthy. In an age of almost epidemic numbers of people suffering from diseases and physical ailments related to obesity or not being at their optimal weight, the more opportunities for kids to be healthy and fit, the better it is for all. On top of the physical benefits, there are many other reasons why kids should play sports, probably too many to cover in a single blog post. We have all heard it many times now, but sports can teach kids so many valuable life lessons. As coaches, many of us focus on intentionally teaching those life lessons to the young people in our care. The booklet and presentation by the same name, Life Lessons for Athletes, by Bruce Brown, the director of Proactive Coaching, highlights 10 behavioral characteristics that we should be helping kids to learn, understand and develop, not only for their involvement in sports, but for all aspects of their lives.”(more)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Can youth sports foster creativity? It depends

The Conversation – Matthew Bowers

“Youth sports are viewed as a rite of passage in a child’s development. If the clichés that permeate sports broadcasts and locker room speeches are to be believed, sports participation teaches children the value of hard work, builds character, and develops future leaders. While the validity of these claims are questionable, the fact remains that parents allow millions of children to participate in youth sports each year. At the very least, parents have partial faith in the idea that youth sports are good for their kids…In a study published earlier this fall in the Creativity Research Journal, some colleagues and I wrote an article that investigated the relationship between childhood leisure activities and creativity in young adults…Particularly interesting is that, in spite of an overtly conservative analysis, the results were stark: time spent playing informal sports was significantly and positively related to overall creativity, while time spent playing organized sports was significantly and negatively related to overall creativity.”(more)

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Concussion treatment for youths up 50% in seven years, study finds

The Star – Katrina Clarke

“Between April 2003 and March 2010, the number of concussion-related visits for youths ages 3 to 18 increased by nearly 50 per cent, according to a study from York University and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). The total rate of concussions per 100,000 increased from 467 to 754 for boys and from 209 to 441 for girls over a seven-year period.”(more)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Languages in schools: put down the textbook and pick up a drum

The Guardian – Amy Ashenden

“The University of Chicago found, in August this year, that even hand gestures can help children retain spoken languages. Dr Susan Goldin-Meadow’s study on 50 toddlers and their parents found that gesticulation makes words easier to understand by adding imagery to the categorical distinctions that form the core of spoken and sign languages. Gestures are particularly useful for picking up nouns at an early age.” (more)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

How Sports Can Help Your Kids Outsmart Everyone Else

Time – Jon Wertheim and Tobias Moskowitz

“The playing field provides the ideal context for learning fractions, probability, equations, risk assessment, principles of finance, behavioral economics and even multi-variable calculus.” (more)