Kids Feel Pressure When Parents Spend A Lot On Sports

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April 11, 2014 AT 12:26 PM
As a parent, you might think that spending big bucks on travel teams and private coaches is helping your child reach his or her athletic potential. However, a study is positing that this strategy is the opposite of helping. Researchers led by Travis Dorsch of the Utah State University Families in Sport Lab report that based on a study of 160 families — talking to parents and children — the more money parents spend on sports, the more likely their children feel pressured to win, and the less likely they’ll enjoy their athletic experience. The research shows kids are feeling that pressure even if the parents aren’t raving, scholarship-hungry lunatics.