Cultivating and Coaching Young Elite Athletes
Are there early signs for parents to tell that your child will thrive at the elite level? Dr. Cindy Chang, Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician, former Head Team Physician for UC Berkeley and the USA Chief Medical Officer for the 2012 London Olympics helps parents and coaches to understand the world of elite sports. She brings us a good dose of reality. Adults, she says, must be aware of the emotional and physical development that will still occur in the next 10-15 years in your athletes. You must also be aware of the stats - less than 2% of high school athletes go on to play college sports at any level, and an even smaller amount receive a scholarship. If your athlete is not burned out and has the talent, then Olympic hopefuls must work with professionals for cross training and have a good handle on their own bodies and what it takes to be successful.
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