Youth Sports Burnout Driven by Achievement by Proxy Syndrome
- Article Source
Reed, K. (2015, October 10). Youth Sports Burnout Driven by Achievement by Proxy Syndrome. Retrieved October 14, 2015, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ken-reed/youth-sports-burnout-driv_b_8274078.html
- Article Topic
According to Dr. Chris Stankovich, a sport psychology consultant and advocate for positive youth sports development, a key issue in youth sports today is players getting “burned out.” In the article, Ken Reed discusses the alarming rate that youth sports in American are seeing burnout as millions of kids nationwide are becoming both mentally and physically fatigued from playing sports too intensely, often year-round. As noted in the article, this phenomenon seems to be getting worse, and not better. Several contributing factors were included in the article: Our country’s great love of sports; increasing numbers of families turning to sports as a means of a free college education (or even an opportunity at professional sports); and parents living vicariously through their children, which is also known as “Proxy Syndrome”.
We all know the issue of overbearing parents and coaches in youth sports isn’t a new one. But, things are definitely getting worse as parents are taking the seriousness of youth sports to an extreme and it’s often negative. In the course, we spent a section discussing the impact of youth sports and the many benefits that can be derived from participation. However, this article provided an eye-opening and eye-popping experience to the number of incidents involving confrontation at youth sporting events. Note: Parents, you need to chill out! This article served as a reality check and friendly reminder for when I become a parent someday, I vow to not force my kids to play sports. I may encourage them to do so, but it will ultimately be their choice and we’ll seek to create some balance in our lives so that it could continue to be something they enjoy.
- World Impact (if applicable)
The world impact presented here is that parents across America need to take a step back and realize that the chances of their young athlete making it to the professional leagues is slim and that we should only encourage participation for the love of the game, lifelong friendships and good values sports can teach. But don’t push the envelope because you can cause more harm than good if you exhaust your child by forcing him or her to play when the desire isn’t really there.