I am always reading books and articles on sport psychology. Some are pretty technical and scientific and others are just good, fun, and informative. A book I’m reading now is one that I would recommend to parents. It’s not about cheerleading and as a matter of fact, cheerleading is not mentioned once in the whole book but it is still worth your time.
The book is called – “Whose game is it, anyway?” and it is written by 2 of my colleagues at Harvard Medical School – Richard Ginsburg and Stephen Durant and Amy Baltzell, a professor at Boston University.
The authors describe it as “a guide to helping your child get the most from sports, organized by age and stage.” The book provides detailed information, based on child development research, about what skill sets you can expect from your child depending on the age of the child.
The first section is called, “Knowing your child athlete” and looks at child development and sports participation from the Early Years (Ages 1 – 5) through Young Adulthood (Ages 19 and up).
Part Two is entitled, “Pitfalls and Possibilities in Sports” and deals with such topics as “Should we push our children? How Much?” and “Quitting, Burning Out, and Moving On.”
The book is easy and fun to read and provides many valuable insights for parents. I recommend it!
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