Episode 28

Youth Sports Stress: Why Athletes Are Stressed, And What's Causing It

If you had to guess the #1 concern of college athletes, what would you say? It’s not concussions. It’s not injury. For most college athletes, mental health, which really can be described as stress in this case, is more concerning than all else. But what causes stress to athletes, and, at the youth level?

In this podcast, marriage and family therapist Ann DeWitt shares her key insights on sports-related stress. Ann discusses why making certain mistakes in sports is good, why single sport specialization raises a lot of concerns, and how to know when a sport has taken over a young athlete’s life. Listen in!

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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: Apr 06 2015