Sports and physical activity can contribute in a positive way to many people’s lives. However, I worry that competition has negatively impacted sports for many kids. Tryouts for kids are held four or more months in advance of the season for kids as young as nine or 10. Burnout for these kids happens in middle school, when kids stop participating in sports because they don’t think they are good enough.
In the United States, we need to shift our focus for our kids from creating professional athletes to creating individuals with a love of sport who will exercise for the fun of it and therefore glean the benefits, both physical and mental, throughout their lifetimes.
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