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Revolution in the Bleachers Over Youth Sports

Before you sit down to watch the Super Bowl this afternoon and envision your Pop Warner football playing son becoming the next Tom Brady, read Revolution in the Bleachers (Gotham) $25.

Investigative journalist, Regan McMahon explored "the evolution of youth team sports in America from healthy pastime to the obsessive craze it has become." And, the effects sports have on families as well as the physical and emotional tolls they take on young athletes.

Since Regan grew up playing competitive sports and is the mother of two athletic children, she has a unique perspective and looks at the field from various angles having interviewed experts, doctors, coaches and athletes. To read more about this page turner,


In the book's introduction, the author wrote:

We all know the many benefits of youth sports. But as youth sports have escalated in intensity, competitiveness, time commitment and parent involvement, certain risks are beginning to surface as well, from overuse injuries, stress and depression to inappropriate sideline behavior and fractured family patterns.

Things have gotten out of whack, and it's time to regain our balance. It's time for a revolution in the bleachers.

Revolution in the Bleachers is a must read for parents of athletes. And even if your child isn't old enough to participate in organized sports, it's a great way to get ahead of the game.

Join The Conversation
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 9 years
Will this book talk about the Patriots collapse in the Super Bowl?
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
i got into it w/ my kids swim coach about a year and a half ago. at the time they were 5 and 7 and the coach was insisting they do more than i was comfortable with them doing (in meets and in practice). the final straw was when he yelled at me in front of the whole team about me not wanting my 5 year old to swim warm up at a meet. seriously, how many laps do you have in you at 5? i told him he was out of line and it wasn't his decision and he basically told me to find another swim team. um, okay. several other families followed us off that team, including one of his 3 "stars". kids sports are about the kids and what is best for them. but we aren't just raising athletes we're raising people who happen to be athletes too. everything in moderation for a balanced life.
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 9 years
I am so buying this book. I was a youth sports coach and have seen it from both sides!
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