Dwyane Wade as an Ongoing Example of Overcoming

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Dwyane Wade has made no secret of his desire to inspire the young. Not long ago, the Miami Heat guard and author of “A Father First” even shared some of his parenting secrets in our book, “Raising Your Game,” specifically speaking of how he has learned to instruct his sons, Zaire and Zion, differently, accounting for their differences in temperament. His influence goes well beyond his household, even if it starts there. And, in that context, it’s worth highlighting this passage in the story I wrote about him this week for Bleacher Report, as part of a lengthy sitdown. So, when asked what he still wants to prove, he touched on a familiar, favorite topic. “For one, overcoming, man,” Wade said. “Just proving that I can overcome adversity, which I’ve done my whole life. And every time that something else hit me, finding a way to overcome it. I mean, […]

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RAISING PARENTAL AWARENESS IN YOUTH SPORTS What Really Matters

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RAISING PARENTAL AWARENESS IN YOUTH SPORTS   What Really Matters The sports landscape has changed dramatically since I grew up in the 1960s. In some ways, it’s been for the better, with roughly 40 million children playing some form of organized sports each year. In some ways, it’s been for the worse, as studies consistently show that 70% of children drop out by the age of 13. Some of this attrition is understandable, when accounting for developmental factors, especially as a young athlete entering puberty. Interests change, with different sports or hobbies becoming more appealing. Peer influences play a part, with a natural gravitation toward what their closest friends are doing. Yet, the overwhelming reason is even simpler than that: Fun hasn’t been put first. That became clear to me over the course of my 20 years as a psychologist specializing in youth sports and parenting issues. I have encountered countless […]

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HOW TO TALK TO YOUR CHILD ABOUT RAY RICE

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HOW TO TALK TO YOUR CHILD ABOUT RAY RICE  In our book “Raising Your Game,” we address the subject of role models, and which are appropriate for your children. “Given the ubiquity, popularity, and prosperity of sports stars in today’s ESPN’s-driven culture, and the admiration that everyone from peers to parents expresses for those ‘heroes,’ it is understandable and perhaps even inevitable that many kids would idolize those athletes, seek to emulate them, and to dream to someday become them.  Of course, not every athlete is an appropriate role model or source of inspiration.  This means you need to pose questions. You should learn more about the athlete’s qualities, on and of the playing field, and dig deeper into why the child is drawn in that direction.” In light of the recent controversy involving now-former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, we feel compelled to add a bit more on […]

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Psychologist Spotlight: Raising Your Game

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Psychologist Spotlight: Raising Your Game – Guiding Your Girls and Boys Through Sports  Youth sports are fertile ground for exploration, not only because of the 40 million kids who participate each year, but also in light of the alarming number who choose not to stick with it. According to the National Alliance for Youth Sports, 70 percentage of children drop out by age 13, and many for the wrong reason: often, it is adults in that environment have made it difficult for kids to find the fun. While countless books and articles have been devoted to this topic, few, if any, have taken the approach of Raising Your Game: Over 100 Accomplished Athletes Help You Guide Your Girls and Boys Through Sports, a book that has received endorsements from The National Alliance for Youth Sports  (NAYS) and The Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA). What did we do differently? >>READ MORE>>   DrAndreaCorn

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Respect: The rules, the sport, the opposition

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In order for Children to get the most  out of their sports experiences it’s important that they ;earn to do their best and –  win or lose – always behave their best too. There’s nothing inherently wrong with competi­tion, after all, even for a developing child. For former tennis star Mary Joe Fernandez, com­petition provided propulsion as well as preparation: “Life is competitive; you can’t avoid it. Whether at school, trying to get good grades, or trying to get a job, you are going to face competition one way or another.”When she was eight or nine, Fernandez be­came obsessed with the little yellow ball, slam­ming it against her bedroom wall, against her family’s refrigerator, and ultimately, all over a court. As she started playing tournaments, she learned about playing fair even as she strove to win. She learned to use her brain: “I was never a big hitter, so I had […]

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