Until It Hurts: America's Obsession with Youth Sports and How It Harms Our Kids

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Every year, more than 3.5 million children under age fifteen require medical treatment for sports injuries, nearly half of which are the result of simple overuse. Journalist Mark Hyman investigates the evolution of youth sports from mere games to full-on quests to turn children into tomorrow's superstar athletes by pushing them beyond physical and emotional limits. Opening up a crucial discussion about the perils of youth sports culture today, Hyman offers the solutions answers ...

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Until It Hurts: America's Obsession with Youth Sports and How It Harms Our Kids

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Overview

Every year, more than 3.5 million children under age fifteen require medical treatment for sports injuries, nearly half of which are the result of simple overuse. Journalist Mark Hyman investigates the evolution of youth sports from mere games to full-on quests to turn children into tomorrow's superstar athletes by pushing them beyond physical and emotional limits. Opening up a crucial discussion about the perils of youth sports culture today, Hyman offers the solutions answers we need.

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Part confession, part cautionary tale, Mark Hyman's little book carries a big message about the 'hostile takeover' of youth sports by adults. . . .What lends Hyman's admonitions such chilling credibility is his willingness to lay bare his own foibles. . . . Such candor is compelling and engaging.—Brion O'Connor, Boston Globe

"A hair-raising look at everything that is wrong with youth sports today . . . Every parent and every coach who has ever been involved in youth sports and cares about kids has an obligation to read it."—Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights

"As his teenaged son undergoes major surgery so he can pitch again, a sports dad examines the physical and emotional minefield of youth sports and comes up with ideas to make it family-friendlier. If you've got a young jock in the house, this book is more important than a private coach."—Robert Lipsyte, author of Raiders Night

"It took a son's sore arm for Mark Hyman to recognize a hard truth: we're destroying youth sports, and maybe not even producing better athletes in the process. Until It Hurts is a sobering manifesto that should be required reading for every parent, coach, administrator, and referee. Though my daughter's U-7 soccer team doesn't know it, I've already implemented its smart, sensible, and long-overdue advice."—Stefan Fatsis, National Public Radio sports commentator and author of A Few Seconds of Panic

"Mark Hyman . . . shows how adults are . . . turning youth sports into a high-pressure, big-money enterprise. When did kids' sports become more work than play? Until It Hurts provides the answer-and offers the solutions we've been looking for."—Joan Ryan, author of Little Girls in Pretty Boxes

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807021187
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 515,488
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 2.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Hyman

Mark Hyman is a journalist, frequently contributing to publications, such as The New York Times and Sports Illustrated, and he was a former writer for BusinessWeek and Sports Business Journal. In 1998, he assisted Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster Jon Miller in the writing of his memoir, Confessions of a Baseball Purist. He has appeared on panels and led workshops for the Sports Lawyers Association, the American Press Institute and the Associated Press Sports Editors. In 2010 he was honored as one of 18 Sports Ethics Fellows by the Institute for International Sport at the University of Rhode Island and the Positive Coaching Alliance at Stanford University. He currently teaches in the sports management program at George Washington University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 Hostile Takeover 1

Chapter 2 Tiger Tracks 15

Chapter 3 Parental Payoff 31

Chapter 4 Equal Time 45

Chapter 5 Until It Hurts 62

Chapter 6 Miracles for All 79

Chapter 7 Risking Everything 97

Chapter 8 I'm Angry. Are You? 113

Chapter 9 A Return to Fundamentals 125

Postscript 141

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  • Posted March 29, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    Should be required reading for all parents and coaches.

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  • Posted June 4, 2009

    A Must for Parents of Child or Teenage Athletes

    Hyman pulls no punches, using himself and his son as an example of the way a parent's good intentions and a child's desire to play can go horribly wrong. Every parent who thinks their child is the next Michael Jordan, Mia Hamm, Tim Teebow, or A-Rod should be required to read this book before their child gets back on the field or court. Hyman convincingly lays out the case that youth sports have gone professional and frequently have more to do with the adults footing the bills than the children playing them. Touching on irresponsible coaches and parents, over-acheiving kids, doctors whose voices are ingnored by parents who "shop for a doc" until they get the answer they want, and blowing apart the myth that your child is going to get an athletic shcolarship or that having one actually pays for college, Hyman argues that we're out of control and then gives examples of youth sports the way they should be played...for FUN and character. The lowering of age in surgery statistics and the number of life-affecting overuse injuries will frighten you, the parents and coaches will make you ill. If you see yourself in these pages, it's not too late to change things. Highly recommended.

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