Healthy Competition: How Much Is Too Much?

Healthy Competition: How Much Is Too Much?

Participating in youth sports offers great benefits, yet research shows that 70 percent of kids drop out of sports by age 13, for reasons that include pressure to perform, time constraints, and the fact they stop enjoying it. So how can parents help set up their kids to enjoy athletic activity for the long haul? Dr. Celeste Quitiquit, a pediatrician who specializes in sports medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital, says there’s no reason preschoolers can’t play soccer or T-ball, as long as parents are signing them up for the right reasons. “The biggest thing is to emphasize play and experimentation, not competing or getting ahead in a skill,” she said. Instead of asking what the score was, instead ask: “Did you have fun?”

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