"70% of children drop out of organized sports by age 13" according to a recent CNN article "How to make your kid hate sports without really trying"!!!! That is a truly sad and staggering statistic. Needless to say, I was compelled to read this article, and these were the quotes that stuck with me:
- "Nearly half of all sports injuries for middle and high school students are caused by overuse."
- "The vast majority of elite level athletes are multipart athletes until their middle teenage years."
- "Only 3% of women and men athletes who play high school basketball go on to play in college."
- Parents should keep their eye on the bigger picture ... "The goal is a happy, healthy, well-adjusted, self-supporting adult with a career they are passionate about."