Vinluan: Stumbling blocks

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By Bobby Vinluan

Sports Psychology

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


HOW far should kids go in a sport when the pressure is too great for them to bear?

We’ve seen parents and coaches alike yelling at their kids during or after a game because they didn’t perform as well as the adults thought they should. These are kinds of game situations where competition and parental ego becomes one major stumbling block of kids in sports.

It is in these situations that parents/coaches should know how to step back and let the kids alone, remember that adult training methods are for adults and not kids.

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Children like adults, have their own ups and downs and like seasoned athletes and sportsmen say, “The body has too much energy. But if over used will create various kinds of stress and illnesses.” Coaches and trainers must be aware and knowledgeable of this concept because they are responsible in maintaining the emotional and physical balance of children.

Stress in sports for children starts from the time of choosing their sport field because of “fear” caused by their constant worry if they fit or choose the right sport, the pressures in being a beginner, their willpower referring to their ability and performance, plus the outside factors that influence the sport.

Although trainings develop the child’s skills and aptitude of the sport, the pressures that go with the training and the method as well as the style and program of training given to children in sports, sometimes cause them to “beg off” thereby making their chances of being confident with their performance slimmer.

Overtraining and pounding children to the extent during trainings even is not recommendable since it may cause injuries. Children may negotiate trainings comfortably, provided they can take rest breaks, if necessary, because if they are forced to finish despite injury, boredom etc. then they may be emotionally and physically affected.

Although the greatest dream of a parent, coach, or trainer is to develop a child for a future stardom, training kids patiently is more encouraged than pushing them to their limits, because overtraining children is depriving them of their right to grow up with their own speed through play and sport.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 28, 2014.

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