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Why Crying is Okay in Sports

By Janis Meredith, USA Football, 06/06/19, 10:15AM CDT


If your kid needs to cry, let him or her cry. Crying is not the problem. It’s the resulting actions and the underlying reasons that need to be dealt with.

Through 21 years of being a sports mom, I’ve seen my kids cry in sports for different reasons: when they were hurt, when they lost a game that they fought hard to win, when they were frustrated with their performance or with the coach, or when they were excited with success.

Each of those reasons is valid and we should never tell kids that crying is for babies. Actually, crying is a healthy expression of emotions.

Many scientists believe that emotional crying helps eliminate stress-related hormones from the body and concur that crying improves the mood of 88.8% of people and it can also help with healing, boosting immunity, and reducing levels of anger and stress. Chemicals that build up during emotional stress may be removed in our tears when we cry.