Competitive youth sports have become as American as apple pie. Little League baseball games are televised nationally, basketball players are being offered college scholarships in middle school and many youth coaches work full time jobs coaching club teams. Gone are the days when children generated their own play time. The youth sporting landscape is adult driven and more serious than ever. This is a trend that is not going to be changed.
Despite the positives this trend has generated, it has also caused some glaring negatives, such as overuse injuries and burnout. Today, kids are being asked to perform activities and drills that the medical community believes are reasonable for adult athletes. Injuries that were common in adults are now being seen in kids. Operations such as â€œTommy John Surgeryâ€ and unique stress fractures are prevalent in youth sports. These injuries speak to the demands that are being asked of our children.
We accept the competitiveness of youth sports and have no desire to re-invent the wheel. Our goal is empowerment. Youth Fitness Magazine was developed with parents in mind. Our mission is to educate parents with knowledge and training tools that will help them make the best decisions for their childrenâ€™s sporting/fitness routine. My hope is to improve the structure in which you introduce your child to fitness and youth sports.
In our inaugural issue, we examined the childhood of NFL quarterback Trent Edwards as an example of a family coming together through sports. Trentâ€™s upbringing was filled with positive experiences that helped shape his life as both an athlete and student. We also discuss unique issues pertaining to youth, such as growth spurts, nutrition and injury recovery.
I hope you enjoy this new magazine and its interactive tools online. YFM is here to help parents navigate through the competitiveness of youth sports. Please feel free to email us with any questions or feedback. We look forward to hearing from you!