"We're robbing children of their childhood," warns Richard Ginsburg, a sport psychologist who treats youth athletes and their families at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital, in an interview with ParentDish.
"The sports industry has become tailored to giving children the hope that they have a chance to be scouted and picked. There are so many things that can go wrong: Overuse injuries, burnout, stress. Putting young bodies and minds into that kind of situation, they're just not ready for it.," says Ginsburg, co-author of _Whose Game is It, Anyway?_ a book that helps parents navigate youth sports.
Ginsburg is skeptical. "Five years from now, maybe it's a success story. Maybe all the stars align. But he's a superstar at 13. I'm afraid the only way to go is down."
In any case, I'm definitely the wrong person to ask...since I feel our national obsession with football is part of why we're so "ok" with violence. Our version of the Roman Coliseum. Football is just...wrong. But my concern is a whole other consideration...of the spiritual malaise of the culture. Maha 3657 days ago
If the "quarterback to be" wants to do this, he would have something to say about it. I might question whether or not he will lose some of his childhood and can he cope with that? Depends on how much he wants football in his life. It sounds like a dream come true for any boy who loves football. The parents have quite a big decision to make. Good luck to them.
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