Second Thoughts About Involving Your Child in Competitive Sports

Rae Pica with Jay Coakley

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Is being involved in competitive sports from an early age a good idea for children? Sports sociologist Jay Coakley tells us that, while physical activity from an early age
is necessary, placing children under the age of 8 in competitive situations may be counterproductive, especially if they haven’t had adequate opportunity to play on
their own.

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