Parenting Young Athletes: Developing Champions in Sports and Life

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Aug 9, 2012 - Family & Relationships - 232 pages
Parenting Young Athletes tells readers exactly how to enhance the well-being of their children, both on and off the athletic field/court. The latest information on child development, sport psychology, and sports medicine is translated into a practical “how-to” guide that assists parents in assuring their sons and daughters get the most out of youth sports. The authors, seasoned experts in the field, thoughtfully address a wide range of issues including:
  • Promoting achievement in all areas of life
  • Choosing the right sport program
  • Understanding the unique nutritional needs of young athletes
  • Identifying, treating, and preventing sport injuries
  • Helping children cope with disappointment and performance anxiety
  • Applying positive principles of coaching and character-building
  • Addressing the special concerns of high school athletes
  • Recognizing and preventing bullying and abuse
  • Growing together as a family through sports

Engagingly written, Parenting Young Athletes is targeted at parents of youngsters from elementary through high school years. Geared toward parents who have relatively little athletic experience as well as those who have a strong background in sports, the book provides clear recommendations with enlightening examples and real stories of growth-promoting sport experiences. Key concepts and principles are highlighted throughout. Parenting Young Athletes explores the joys as well as the dangers of sport participation and is a must-read for parents who hope to raise champions in sports and in life.

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What Parents Can Do
Young Athletes Bodies and Performance
A First Step to a Good Experience
Food for Sport
When the Colors of Sports Are Black and Blue
Developing Coping Skills through Sports
Chapter 8 What? You Want Me to Coach?
Drugs College Recruiting and Other Concerns
A Commonsense Approach to Some Challenging Issues
About the Authors

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Frank L. Smoll, Ph.D., is professor of Psychology and a member of the Center for Child and Family Well-Being at the University of Washington. Smoll’s research focuses on coaching behaviors in youth sports and on the psychological effects of competition on children and adolescents. He has authored more than 130 scientific articles and book chapters and coauthored/edited 22 books and manuals on children’s athletics. Smoll is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the National Academy of Kinesiology, and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). Smoll is a Certified Sport Consultant and was the recipient of AASP’s Distinguished Professional Practice Award. As an undergraduate, he played on championship basketball and baseball teams, and he is a member of the Ripon College Athletic Hall of Fame. In the area of applied sport psychology, Smoll has extensive experience in conducting psychologically oriented coaching clinics and workshops for parents of young athletes.

Ronald E. Smith, Ph.D., is professor of Psychology and Director of the Clinical Psychology Training Program at the University of Washington. He has also served as head of the Social Psychology and Personality area, and as codirector of the sport psychology graduate program. Smith’s major research interests are in personality, stress and coping, and performance enhancement research and intervention. He has published more than 200 scientific articles and book chapters, and he has authored or coauthored 34 books and manuals. Smith is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, a past president of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, and the recipient of a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute for his contributions to the field of mental health. For 12 years, he directed a psychological skills training program for the Houston Astros and has served as team counselor for the Seattle Mariners and as a training consultant to the Oakland Athletics and to Major League Soccer.

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