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Michael Messner (Sociologist): Bemoans The Professionalization, Commercialization Of Youth Sports

Editors Note: This blog is part of a special series on dads which originally ran in 2012. Because it is timeless we are sharing it again. 

Being the father of an athlete is a challenging yet rewarding role. At MomsTEAM we think sports dads deserve to be honored, not just on the third Sunday in June, but for an entire month. So we have designated June as National Sports Dads Month and invited some veteran sports dads to share their wisdom by responding to a series of questions (the same ones we asked sports moms in May). We will post a new blog for every day of June, which we hope you will find interesting, empowering, and informative, and that you will share them with your family and friends.

A sociology and gender studies professor bemoans the terrible 'trickle-down' of professionalization and commercialization of sports and that kids' sports today are too adult-organized, and that kids are pressed to specialize in one sport way too early.

STOP Sports Injuries Campaign Goal: Prevent Overuse Injuries

Aim of the STOP Sports Injuries campaign is provide parents, coaches and athletes accurate information and tools to prevent, recognize and treat the long-term consequences of sports overuse and trauma injuries to children.
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