Interesting article in the Coloradoan about how men's sports, both professional and collegiate, continue to outpace women's sports in attendance despite a drastic increase over the the last decade in the level of play of women's sports. One fascinating point made in the article is that the short amount of time, just 30 years, that women's sports have been competing in the marketplace might have something to do with that and that is unfair to compare the two.
Parents, wake up. Let's hope these kids are getting guidance on how to overcome this disappointment and not drowned with anger and bitterness against their commissioner. He's already getting a wake up call.
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Lynne Cox is a famed open water swimmer and author of the best-selling book ���Swimming to Antarctica���--a chronicle of her swims across the Bering Strait, the English Channel (twice), and one mile to the shores of Antarctica, through 32 degree temperature. Her new book, Grayson, is the remarkable story of her experience swimming with a lost gray whale off the coast of California when she was just 17 years old. We spoke to get her thoughts on that amazing experience and how it inspired her later ground-breaking achievements.
Dr. Andrew Jacobs has been a sport psychologist for 25 years and has worked with all levels of competitive athletes from youth sports to the professional and Olympic level. He has graciously contributed an article he recently wrote about mental toughness. He also will be leading a teleseminar with Fred Engh about "How to avoid and overcome the issues that can ruin your child's youth sports experience." Information can be found at winnersunlimited.com--click on 'Seminars' to sign up.
As a sport psychologist, I have dealt with numerous issues over the years related to sportsmanship, proper coaching and parenting.
It is quite common for a parent or coach to discuss with me issues about motivation with young athletes, when should you push them and when should you ease off on them. Almost always the topic of winning comes into play.
Gilbert Arenas is an NBA all-star for the Washington Wizards. This summer while his fellow pro colleagues enjoyed their vacation getting away from basketball Arenas played summer league rec ball in the rough streets of southeast D.C. The Washington Post web site has video of this inspirational story.