How to gain weight

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Anita Bean BSc R.Nutr One of the most common questions I get asked by parents is how can they help their swimmer gain weight. Understandably, many become concerned when their child looks underweight compared with their peers or struggles to keep their weight up. This is a very common scenario around puberty when children grow… Read more

How and when should praise be given?

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In my article about parenting in sport, it was concluded parents should support, praise and encourage their child’s involvement in sport. What failed to be detailed however, is when praise should be given and where it should be directed. Therefore I shall attempt to answer these questions in the current article. It was once widely… Read more

The Influence of Parents in Youth Sport

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We’ve all seen that one parent on the sideline, shouting out inappropriate comments at the top of their voice that are not only directed at their own child, but often at their teammates, teachers or coaches and the referee. How much does this behaviour influence the sporting experience of their child? How much should the… Read more

Parental Involvement in Sport

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As a football coach you are always looking at ways to improve the performance of your players and maintain the highest level of coaching. I would like to put forward a proposal of how parental involvement can be encouraged in football. Cote (1999), found that children who become experts before the age of eight are involved… Read more

Parenting in Sport

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The role of parents in youth sport has recently been thrown into the media limelight following Gary Lineker’s article for the Newstatesman. He apportions part of the blame for England’s lack of international footballing success to a negative culture at grass roots level, specifically involving “pushy parents”. It is Lineker’s belief that this culture; a… Read more

Parents4sport talks to…Libby Clegg

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We talked to Libby Clegg – Double Paralympic 100m Silver Medallist to ask her what it was like for her when he started out in sport… Did you choose your sport or did your parents choose it for you? It was my decision. I chose to do Ballet and dance when I was younger and… Read more

Parents4sport talks to…Nigel Levine

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We talked to Nigel Levine – European Under 23 Champion / European Indoor Silver 400m to ask him what it was like for him when he started out in sport… Did you choose your sport or did your parents choose it for you? I chose it for myself. Were they actively supportive of you doing… Read more

Parents4sport talks to…Katharine Merry

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We talked to Katharine Merry – Olympic 400m Bronze Medallist to ask her what it was like for her when he started out in sport… Did you choose your sport or did your parents choose it for you? My decision, I chose to get into Athletics as a neighbour, a local PE teacher, pointed out… Read more

Parents4sport talks to…Christian Malcolm

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Christian Malcolm – Commonwealth and European 200m Silver Medallist Did you choose your sport or did your parents choose it for you? I personally chose the sports I did and they were happy for me to try anything. Were they actively supportive of you doing the sport? My parents were very supportive and my Mum… Read more