Dr. Alexis Colvin suggest keeping sports fun for your children’s health
Parents proudly watching their aspiring major leaguers hit a home run, serve an ace in tennis, or lunge to stop a goal might find it hard to imagine that their child’s success in sports could harm his or her health. But today, games like sandlot baseball often are not kid stuff anymore.
Many youth leagues, particularly those for “elite,” “travel,” or “select” teams, have become hypercompetitive for many reasons, including organizations that make money from running tournaments, coaches who emphasize winning at all costs, and parents who hope that their children can earn scholarships by specializing in their chosen sport at an early age to advance their talent as rapidly as possible and gain an edge over their peers. Their intentions may be good, but the results are not.