Decline in youth Sports There has been a problem in youth sports and the solution for the problem is to quit


Word: Stingers


Injury to the nerves of the neck and shoulder that cause a burning or stinging feeling are called burners or stingers. Another name for this type of nerve injury is brachial plexus injury. Football players are affected most often. Up to half of all college football players have had at least one burner or stinger.

Vocab Word: Brain injuries

Definition: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an insult to the brain, not of a degenerative or congenital nature, but caused by external physical force that may produce a diminished or altered state of consciousness, which results in an impairment of cognitive abilities or physical functioning.

Word: chronic traumatic encephalopathy

Definition:(CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes (and others) with a history of repetitive brain. This is very essential because this is what is found when players receive a concussion. This is why there has been a decline rate in youth sports today from getting a concussion to the brain.


Definition:temporary unconsciousness caused by a blow to the head. The term is also used loosely of the aftereffects such as confusion or temporary incapacity.

Word: Sportsmanship

Definition:fair and generous behavior or treatments of others, especially in sports. This word is critical to my topic because this is why most kids learn when they are young and growing up to play a sport. This is also important because this also might be the reason why there isn't as much participants in youth sports


Definition: The action in taking part in something.

This is important to my topic because the number of participants in youth football has been decreasing and everyone is wondering the reason why it is decreasing. If there wasn’t a problem in participants then this question about why the youth sports is declining wouldn’t be a question anymore.

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Q1:Why are more and more kids quitting a sport each year?

A1:Many young kids are quitting their teams or hesitant to go into a sport because of the leg and brain injuries occurring in youth sports . According to Stanford Children's Health, “ More than half of the seven million sports and recreation-related injuries that happen each year in America are suffered by youths 5-24 years old.” With those statistics, parents are not only worried about the cost of the injuries, but they are worried about the children’s health. According to feature youth injuries in sports, “three high school football players in Alabama, North Carolina and New York have died, possibly due to football injuries” in the course of one week “When the risk of some injuries involves death we can see why their has been a decline in youth sports by 5.9% over the past 5 years” (Thompson). Perhaps its not the injuries thats causing the problem, perhaps its the lack of talent.

Q1: Are less talented kids being left out in youth sports?

A1: Kids who are more athletic are given more opportunities and the less athletic ones aren’t valued as much.. According to George Washington University sports management professor, Mark Hyman, “The system is now designed to meet the needs of the most talented kids… We no longer value participation. We value excellence” (Rosenwald). Kids who are more skilled are valued so the non talented spend a lot of time on the bench .With that being said, some states have rules on the amount of pressure parents can put on their children. “Massachusetts has a rule where parents “will not ‘force’ their children to play sports and will ‘promote the emotional and physical well-being of the athletes ahead of any personal desire [the parent] may have for [their] child to win’” (Miller). If all the states had this rule then the pressure that’s coming from the parents would be less and more kids would be able to enjoy the sport freely. While the less talented kids are being left out, how has the sportsmanship been taught for the youth.

Q1: How has sportsmanship been used in youth sports?

A1: Sportsmanship is essential when growing up playing in a youth sport. Having sportsmanship as a youth can stick with as you grow older. According to a survey done by a senior vice president and Chief Marketing Officer at Liberty Mutual Personal Insurance, "The value of sportsmanship is an essential part of developing youth athletes into responsible adults," (Storm). With that being said, Developing and learning good sportsmanship can also make you a more mature growing up. Coaches and parents have a big impact on youth sports and hold most of the responsibility when it comes to sportsmanship. According to the National Safe Kids Campaign, “Beyond supplying the equipment and throwing practice pitches in the back yard, many adults struggle with the responsible way to be supportive mentors to their budding athletes.” (Walter). When kids are not taught sportsmanship, they often rage and get upset about losses. This leads to kids not wanting to join a sport in the future and the leads to them dropping out of their teams. Injuries may be a problem but there has been programs to try and prevent these injuries.

Q1: What are some other alternatives to make youth football more safe?

A1: With all the injuries occurring there has been programs to try and prevent injuries such as brain and leg injuries from happening. Programs have been developed to try and prevent injuries occurring. “a new program called Safe Football is looking to lower or eliminate the number of head injuries by teaching kids a different way to play the game through a series of instructional camps” (Dobrowolski). By having these types of programs this might give parents who are overprotective a chance for their child to join a sport without having to worry about a major injury concerns. The Safe Football program also has been proven to be injury free. “We have a study at the University of Washington where the front seven on each side of the ball didn't have any concussions or stingers in the two years we were out there with them," (Dobrowolski). This study has proved that with the 2 years they were out there with them has hasn’t been a major injury so the Safe Program has done their part on making it Safe for the youth. The Safe Program has done their part to try and get youth sports going again have the parents been the real issue?

Q1:Are parents a problems when it comes to youth sports?

A1: Parents often bring problems and may be struggling financially when it comes to letting their child play a sport. Some unfortunate families don’t have the enough money to pay for their child to go do a sport. “Low-income mothers, who have traditionally not been associated with time-intensive, middle-class not only have more financial and day-to-day stress, but may also feel stressed that they don’t have the resources to keep up with intensive parenting expectations”(Schulte). Even if the child wants to play parents don’t have the money to pay for it. Not to mention, parents are also getting too involved in their child's game. “It’s the introduction of adult values into kids’ games,” says O’Sullivan, author of Changing the Game. “When I grew up, it was children competing against children. Now, more often than not, it’s adults competing against other adults through their children” (Ballard). Parents are missing the point of youth sports and bringing fun into it when they are bragging about their child.

Work Cited

Dobrowolski, Chris. "Keyton brings Safe Football program to the area." Record-Eagle, 10 Apr. 2017, Points of View Reference Center,

Stanford Children’s, Health. "Stanford Children’s Health Tackles Rise in Youth Sports Injuries by Launching Young Athletes Academy in January." Business Wire (English) 1: Points of View Reference Center. Web. 15 Feb. 2017.

Michael S., Rosenwald. "Youth sports are down, and parental pressure is up." Washington Post, The May 0010: Points of View Reference Center. Web. 15 Feb. 2017.

Dockterman, Eliana. "Parents Deeply Concerned About Injuries In Youth Sports, Survey Finds." Time, 13 Oct 2014,

Walter, Andrew. "Counterpoint: Professional Sports Associations Should Protect Athletes From Concussions." , Points of View: Concussions in Pro Sports,  1 Mar. 2016, Points of View Reference Center,

"Participation Trophies Reward Mediocrity." Points Of View: Participation Trophies 4 Apr.2016, Points of View Reference Center,


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