Kids just want to have fun. In a bygone era, parents wanted kids to play sports for fun and camaraderie. However, a new attitude is developing among coaches and parents, which is mopping-up fun from youth sports. Now it's all about the team and the game. The team must win the game at any cost.
Kids are playing in a pressure pot full of stress and this is dangerous. They feel over-responsible toward team mates, parents and coaches and in consequence, are playing with chronic pain and even concussions.
Kids are deciding by ages 9-10 they want to excel in one sport in order to win a college scholarship. Some are trading the fun and experience of diversifying between ...view middle of the document...
Pediatric researchers found that kids who consistently sleep 8 ½ hours every night are 68% less likely to suffer sports injuries than those who commonly sleep fewer than eight hours.
Athletes depend upon what is medically termed proprioception or balance when they shift their weight. When sleep interruption compromises balance, the probability of falling is increased. Sleep deprived players tend to make precarious decisions that result in injuries.
Without adequate sleep, endurance is negatively affected because glucose is not properly converted and metabolized into an energy resource. Best estimates show that glucose metabolism declines 30-40% within a week of impaired sleep. Sleep deprivation also hinders the body's capability to store essential glycogen the athlete requires during intense practice sessions and competitive sports.
Lack of sleep generates excessive production of cortisol aka the stress hormone. Too much cortisol negatively affects mood and triggers irritability.
Importance of Hydration
When a young athlete loses one percent of his body weight through...