Parents, coaches have different view of youth sports
A recent report found that coaches and parents have differing viewpoints when it comes to kids who play in sports. According to the survey conducted by the Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports, the differences in opinion stem from the groups' views on competitiveness, sideline behavior, safety and parent involvement.
The study, which surveyed 1,000 youth sports parents and 501 coaches, found that 36 percent of coaches said that parents have unrealistic expectations about winning, while three in four parents say they simply want their kids to have fun.
"Competitiveness at the youth sports level is an important life lesson learned on the playing field but is often misinterpreted to have a 'win-at-all-costs' mentality," Picabo Street, a two-time Olympic medalist in Alpine skiing and youth sports parent, said in a statement. "Healthy competition - which includes learning from losses as much as learning from wins - is essential, and should be balanced with skill building and simply having fun to ensure a positive youth sports experience."
Concussions are still a top concern for parents and coaches, but the education of the injury is still low. Each year, at least 1.7 million head injuries occur in the United States and roughly 75 percent of them are concussions, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.