ABC's Good Morning America Interviews Dr. Jay Granat on Impact of Cheating in Sports on Young Athletes

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Cheating in sports has a negative impact on children, young athletes, coaches and parents of competitors, says Dr. Jay Granat.

Jay P. Granat, Ph.D., a psychotherapist who counsels athletes, coaches and parents of young athletes and founder of , commented on the impact that cheating in sports has on America's youth on ABC's Good Morning America.

Dr. Granat, the author of How To Get Into The Zone And Stay In The Zone With Sport Psychology And Self-Hypnosis, believes that cheating like the recent incident involving the New England Patriots and Bill Belichick is bad for sports, bad for kids, bad for parents and bad for coaches."

"Once stars break the rules, others think they can do it too."

According to Granat, "Like it or not, sports figures are role models and they have an impact on the behaviors, attitudes and values of others."

In addition, according to Dr. Granat, "Sports do not exist in a vacuum. There are incidents of cheating on Wall Street, in politics as well as in sports."

"When the rewards are high, some people are apt to break the rules."

"Fortunately, there are many fine, honest and reputable coaches who create a positive environment for our children," says Dr. Granat, who has his offices in River Edge, NJ, but counsels athletes from around the world.

Granat would have liked Bill Belichick to have been a bit more apologetic in his recent press conference. This would have set a good example for people involved in serious athletics.

Dr. Granat can be reached at info @

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