"It seems like every time I open up the paper these days, there's a new story about some parent going BERSERK at a youth sports game. That's the subject of our latest video bulletin: http://www.americancoachingacademy.com/pm/c.php. Inside, you'll learn the REAL reason parents act insane at youth sporting events... "and the one simple secret that will eliminate 90% of your parent conflicts and issues."
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Have your kids ever had a coach who yelled at, insulted or intimidated them? “Wak Coaches" who teach by being negative or intimidating can really hurt your kids’ confidence and enjoyment of sports. No, these coaches do not toughen up your young athletes, as they might insist. Actually, coaches who bully—either with harsh words or physical harm, can hurt young athlete's self-esteem, undermine their social skills and make it hard for them to trust. In some cases, these coaches can make kids feel anxious and depressed.
Owners, parents, players and fans may know that bad behaviors are literally against the rules but are at the same time appreciated as a sign of doing whatever it takes to win. Performance-enhancing drugs in liquid and pill form are not allowed in most sports, but athletes assume that it will improve their performance, which helps their team win and keep family and friends happy. Fights in hockey display bad behavior, but this deviance is assumed to be wanted by fans and teammates as a sign of loyalty. However, this behavior can quickly turn on a player to be social threat.
Abuse of drugs that don't contribute to a win, (performance enhansers, cocaine, alcohol), will transform that same player into a villain with shock and outrage being reported in the media. In the Sean Avery example, a hockey player fighting to defend his teammates on the ice can then be suspended from the team and criticized. There are a number of performance-enhancing substances besides anabolic steroids, some of which have until recently escaped the scrutiny of those in the business of regulating sports. As a result, these substances, often billed as dietary supplements, have been readily available, usually as nearby as the nutrition and vitamin store in a local mall. These synthetics are not good for their hearts, and other organs of the body.
Does the intense competition and battle on the field shape a player's off-the-field lifestyle? Since success in sports brings attention and respect to athletes, does the risk of losing that status cause a need to take harmful risks to maintain their "The Man" positions? Does the social control in sports, regarding the confusing environment, surrounding young and adult athletes, deserve a closer look? written by Liqdachemist of the Balance Project
Is there a connection between sports participation and deviance?
From performance-enhancing supplements to bias referee/official abuse, fights, guns and recorded crimes, the image of sports as a positive influence on athletes and children may need a second look.
About 502,000 children ages 8 to 19 went to emergency rooms with concussions in 2001 to 2005, and about half the injuries were sports-related. About a quarter of the 8- to 13-year-olds, generally elementary to middle school, got hurt during organized team sports. Football and ice hockey had the highest concussion rates. Maybe the most alarming finding, though, was that when the researchers looked at a decade's worth of ER visits for sports-related concussions, they found a huge increase even though sports participation declined: The number for 14- to 19-year-olds jumped to 22,000 in 2007 from 7,000 in 1997; and for 8- to 13-year-olds it went to 8,000 from 3,800. The numbers don't include concussions treated by trainers and coaches, in family doctors' offices or at urgent care clinics; those that didn't result in formal medical attention; or those involving athletes who hid their symptoms.