Whose Game Is It, Anyway? A Guide to Helping Your Child Get the Most from Sports, Organized by Age and Stage

ISBN-10: 0618474609

ISBN-13: 9780618474608

Edition: 2006

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In an era when parents and kids are overwhelmed by a sports-crazed, win-at-all-costs culture, here is a comprehensive guide that helps parents ensure a positive sports experience for their children. In Whose Game Is It, Anyway? two of the country's leading youth sports psychologists team up with a former Olympic athlete and expert on performance enhancement to share what they have gleaned in more than forty years of combined experience.The result is a book unique in its message, format, and scope. Through moving case studies and thoughtful analyses, Ginsburg, Durant, and Baltzell advocate a preventive approach through a simple three-step program: know yourself, know your child, know the environment. They look at children in age groups, identifying the physical, psychological, and emotional issues unique to each group and clarifying what parents can expect from and desire for their kids at every stage. They also explore myriad relevant topics, including parental pressure, losing teams, steroid use, the overscheduled child, and much more. Illuminating, impassioned, and inspiring, Whose Game Is It, Anyway? is required reading for anyone raisingor educatinga child who participates in sports.
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List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 3/10/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

RICHARD D. GINSBURG, PH.D., and STEPHEN DURANT, ED.D., are faculty members at Harvard Medical School and directors of the Massachusetts General Hospital Sports Psychology Program.

STEPHEN DURANT, ED.D. and RICHARD D. GINSBURG, PH.D. are faculty members at Harvard Medical School and directors of the Massachusetts General Hospital Sports Psychology Program.

Amy L. Baltzell, EdD, directs the sport psychology program and is a professor in the School of Education at Boston University. Her academic credentials include a bachelor's degree in economics from Wesleyan University of Connecticut (1987), a master's in counseling (1996) from Boston University, and a doctorate in counseling psychology, specializing in sport psychology, from Boston University in 1999. Her research interests are in the areas of mindfulness, performance enhancement, and values in sport. She has presented a dozen academic papers and dozens of invited talks across the country. As a licensed psychologist specializing in sport and performance, Baltzell works with professional, elite, collegiate, and high school athletes and professional musicians. She provides educational workshops to teams and organizations, keynote presentations, and coach education training sessions. She also has a private practice in which she provides one-on-one consulting to athletes and performers. Prior to entering academia, Baltzell was an elite multi-sport athlete. She was a three-year member of the U.S. National Rowing Team, including the 1992 Olympic team and during that time won multiple national and international gold medals. She also was a member of the historic 1995 all-women's America's Cup sailing team, America. Additionally, she played basketball, lacrosse, field hockey, sailed, and ran the Boston Marathon. She also previously served as an athletic coach, notably as the head women's lightweight rowing coach at Harvard University. This is Baltzell's third book. She is a co-author of Whose Game is it Anyway, Parenting Your Athletic Child and Character and Coaching.

Introduction: Character Counts
Knowing Your Child Athlete
Your Child's Development and the Three-Step Approach
The Early Years (Ages 1-5): Safety and the Joy of Movement
The Elementary School Years (Ages 6-12): Building Competencies, Exploring Interests, and Making Friends
The Teen Years (Ages 13-18): Identity Development, Independence, and Achievement
Higher Learning and Higher Stakes (Age 19 and up): College Sports and Sports for Life
Pitfalls and Possibilities in Sports
Should We Push Our Children? How Much?
When the Apple Falls Far from the Tree: What to Do When Our Kids' Athletic Abilities and Interests Differ from Our Own
Boys and Girls: Similarities and Differences in Sports
Rage and Explosions: Learning to Practice Emotional Control in Sports
Quitting, Burning Out, and Moving On: Helping Children Know When Enough Is Enough
Does the Coach Know Best? Knowing When Coaches Are Doing Right or Wrong by Our Children
When Is a Good Team Bad and a Bad Team Good? Recognizing Best Team Experiences for Kids
Overweight Children: Surviving the Teasing and Prejudice and Finding Healthy Exercise and Eating Patterns
Eating Disorders, Body Image, Steroids, and Supplements
Tips for Top Performance: The Art of Being SHARPP
Questions and Answers: Finding Solutions for Kids' Dilemmas in Sports
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