Every professional football player started playing the game at a young age. As a result, the preparation and training of young players has a major impact on their future. Youth football is a time for players to learn the basics of the game, and have fun. The two most important stakeholders in that journey are coaches and parents.
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The football world is known to people around the world as an industry, a game of enjoyment, a game where a lot of money can circulate, and where a lot of players and teams battle with each other to win and become the best. One aspect which the fans and footballing community at large neglect to take into consideration when thinking about football is the mental health of players and coaches, and how mental health affects those involved in the beautiful game. Check out our latest article by guest writer Xhulio Zeneli.
Sports have the potential to create several positive outcomes for children and adults alike (Crocker, 2016). However, sports do not always create positive outcomes. This article explores the five biggest myths surrounding youth sports and consequently what parents and coaches can do in order to ensure children stay in sport for life.
Sports have a countless number of benefits, from physical health to emotional well-being to the development of traits, skills and lifelong friends. So it's a mystery why any kid would want to quit a sport. But then again, there are several factors that just make kids no longer want to participate, all of which are very fixable.
Here are three essential reasons why kids quit sport, coming from someone who quit two sports at an early age due to some of the reasons listed below. Although this list is not exhaustive and many more explanations exist, these three reasons are some of the most widely researched and discussed in the literature.