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To Play Or Not To Play Youth Sports: That Is The Question

By Kerry Carter, Mom's Team , 03/08/18, 12:00PM CST


Sports enable the learning of critical physical and mental skills needed to set a strong foundation on which to build their life.

For parents like me trying to make sense of today’s youth sports landscape, there is a steady stream of new influences and impacts to consider when signing your child up for the next season.

We are inundated with information about the risks of contact and non-contact sports such as football, lacrosse, baseball or soccer; young athletes are under more pressure than ever before to specialize early, supposedly to maximize their chances of earning a college athletic scholarship or of making the AAU team; and sports compete with an endless other extra-curricular activates in filling up a child’s already jam-packed schedule.