Episode 11

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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TeamSnap Podcast host, Emily Cohen, dreams of living in a world where kids can enjoy sports for the pleasure of a well-hit ball, a faster time, or a corner goal – one without helicopter parents managing their every move. As a youth sports blogger, she’s been honored to write for TeamSnap for over half a decade, and now she’s taking her wit and wisdom to the airwaves with her new podcast that tackles issues relating to youth sports.

As a Cal grad and long-time Bay Area resident, Emily Cohen knows a thing or two about sports. With two very active teenage athletes, she is well-versed in bleacher-sitting and the conduct of sports parents – the good, the bad, and the ugly. Some topics close to her heart include sideline etiquette, injury prevention, and good old-fashioned sportsmanship.

When she’s not on the tennis court, at a game, or managing her kids’ teams, she’s writing snappy marketing copy for technology companies, walking her dog, or learning to play the drums.

Follow Emily’s podcasts and learn more about how to support your children in their athletic pursuits at podcast.teamsnap.com. You can also follow Emily on Twitter at @emilygcohen or email her at [email protected]

Release Date: Aug 13 2014