Injuries. Stress. Divided Attention. Are Coaches Damaging Our Kids?


A scourge is attacking American families, threatening the health and well-being of both kids and parents. I’m not talking about drugs, or Facebook, or violent video games, or even the Common Core. It’s The Coach.

I learned about this recently, during a book tour that took me around the country for a series of media interviews and speeches, at which most of the attendees are parents of teenagers. Not long ago, parents most often asked me questions about their kids’ school performance or sought my help in figuring out whether their child needed professional help for a mental health problem. On this trip, though, parents’ questions and concerns most often involved how to break the grip that organized sports had on their family’s life.

At one of my readings, in an affluent suburb, the room was filled with mothers of high school students. After I’d finished and asked for questions…

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