Sports Should be Teaching Positive Life Lessons
Denver, CO (PRWEB) January 25, 2012
Positive Sport Coaching is starting a campaign to provide easily accessible education for coaches, parents,athletes and administrator about sports abuse. A major barrier in solving the problem of sports abuse is that those involved in youth sports are not clear what behaviors constitute maltreatment of sports abuse.
"We as Coaches, Sport Parents and Administrators have to be very aware of what constitutes Sports Abuse. Coaching methods have changed over the years. What was once acceptable can now be seen as emotionally and physically abusive, sexist, racist and life threatening." (Tom Van Buskirk) http://www.positivesportcoaching.org/sportsabuse.html
Various studies conducted by youth advocacy organizations throughout the United States indicate that there are unacceptable levels of psychological and physical abuse in youth athletes.
45.3% of youth surveyed said they have been called names, yelled at while playing sport
21.5% said they have been pressured to play with an injury
17.5% said they have been hit, kicked or slapped by a coach
3.4% said they have been pressured into sex or sexually molested
(Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission)
"Sport Parents and Coaches need to be educated about what is or constitutes Sport Abuse. It can be as simple as telling a young female athlete to lose a few pounds in order to become a starter. This can and has caused life threatening eating disorders. Athletes, Sport parents and all of our communities need to have confidence in our coaches teaching our youth life lessons through sports. We have specific programs in place to initiate this Prevent Sports Abuse campaign" (Tom Van Buskirk)
Positive Sport Coaching , a non-profit 501(c)3 organization since 1993 has developed online and seminars to educate about sports abuse. This campaign is being funded by the public and is designed to reach all communities.