The Fear of Falling Behind in Youth Sports

Tyler Beckman, Bradford Strand


Many parents fear that their child or children will not be successful in sports if they do not begin early participation and in some cases, early specialization. In addition to parental pressure on children to participate, there is a youth sport industry that encourages young athletes to purchase the essential equipment for participation in specific sports. This financial investment along with early participation, and often a “win at all cost”, places extreme pressure on children to succeed at sports at an early age. This paper offers suggestions for children to participate in sports at an age-appropriate level.

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