You can help your child by allowing for open dialogue while providing PERSPECTIVE, SUPPORT and strategies for MINIMIZING RISK OF INJURY OR ILLNESS.
PERSPECTIVE: Help you child define success in terms of the long-term benefits from sport participation, not short-term goals like winning. Outline a plan on how they can reach their goals.
SUPPORT: Considerable literature suggests sampling multiple sports at an early age helps promote long-term development and does not limit success. In addition, the best predictor of long-term sport participation is whether the athlete is having FUN! Make sure you create a supportive environment that helps ensure your child continues to enjoy their sport.
MINIMIZE RISK OF INJURY OR ILLNESS: Take steps to reduce the risks of injury and illness by promoting proper training loads, nutrition, and sleep while fostering social and emotional support:
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