Sports Succes RX!: Your Child's Prescription for the Best Experience [NOOK Book]

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Aimed at parents and coaches of organized sports, this easygoing and friendly discussion of unrealistic performance pressure avoids medical jargon and outlines both physical and emotional milestones that determine sports skill development in youth. Revealing that body chemistry, thinking skills, and emotional maturity all play important roles in athletic training, this guide introduces differing developmental timetables, emphasizing that a focus on personal accomplishments is a much ...
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Sports Succes RX!: Your Child's Prescription for the Best Experience

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Overview

Aimed at parents and coaches of organized sports, this easygoing and friendly discussion of unrealistic performance pressure avoids medical jargon and outlines both physical and emotional milestones that determine sports skill development in youth. Revealing that body chemistry, thinking skills, and emotional maturity all play important roles in athletic training, this guide introduces differing developmental timetables, emphasizing that a focus on personal accomplishments is a much more effective practice than a focus on simply winning. Clever chapter titles proceed from "First Serve" and "Free Throw" to "9th Inning" and "Final Lap and Cool Down," with each chapter providing a questionnaire that gauges a child's readiness for the skill levels discussed.
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"Superman," writes Stricker, a pediatric and adolescent sports medicine specialist, "didn't just step into his cape he grew into it." Like the Man of Steel, children gradually mature into superstars when they don soccer cleats, swim trunks, or football padding. Besides being fun, sports boost self-esteem, aid social and leadership skills, and provide an entr e to concepts of teamwork and discipline. Readers are reminded that mental, motor, and visual development as well as chemical maturation affect a child's ability to master a sport; unrealistic expectations and excessive training are vilified, and patience, kindness, and supportiveness are cheerily preached to parents, coaches, and teachers alike. The coverage is not sport-specific but ranges over athleticism, obesity, strength training, and nutrition generally; most content applies to the ten-and-under crowd and recommends "perfecting technique, consistent training, and maintaining good nutrition." Excellent content summary at chapter endings enhances this primer; like Joel Fish and Susan Magee's 101 Ways To Be a Terrific Sports Parent: Making Athletics a Positive Experience for Your Child, this is a good choice for public libraries. Douglas C. Lord, Connecticut State Lib., Hartford Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581104806
  • Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 218
  • File size: 769 KB

Meet the Author

Paul R. Stricker, MD, FAAP, is a pediatric and adolescent sports-medicine specialist and one of only 87 pediatricians in the United States to be board-certified in both pediatrics and sports medicine. He is the first pediatrician to be selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee, a member of the executive committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics section on sports medicine and fitness, and is president of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. He lives in San Diego.
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