Net Results: Training the Tennis Parent for Competition

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sports psychologist Loehr and Boston Magazine editor Kahn, a tennis player, begin with tales of adolescents who enjoy competitive play and others who find their lives all but ruined by participation in the sport. The authors maintain that much of the difference is attributable to the parents: those who are themselves disciplined, organized, not overwhelmed by the prospects of professional tennis's big money and, above all, supportive of their children are great assets to the young players; those who feel tremendous pressure to coerce their children into a win-or-die attitude court disaster. Loehr and Kahn suggest ways that parentsand coaches, toocan train themselves to help and not hinder their youngsters, and ways that the U.S. can reestablish its predominance in world tennis by aiding beginning players. Photos not seen by PW. (September 8)
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The pressures brought to bear on children who play competitive tennis in this country have led to burnout, psychological damage, and suicide. And the time, money, and emotion expended in developing young players often results in broken households and squandered talent. Written by a sports psychologist, this book is a guide for parents whose children play competitive tennis. It discusses how to be more supportive of children, how to reduce the tremendous pressures on them, how to pick an appropriate coach, and how to train children for competition without warping their physical and psychological development. It provides numerous examples and step-by-step methods for the parent to turn tennis into a positive experience for the child. Dennis Dillon, Univ. of Texas Libs., Austin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780828906340
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1987
  • Pages: 154
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 1.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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