Many parents don’t realise they may be setting their children up for burn-out later in the year because they, as their child’s coach, have not planned their activities so their academic athlete may peak at the appropriate times (exams).
It is with the best intentions that many parents will fill almost every minute of their little one’s waking hours with sport, training for sport and transport to and from sport. I am amazed at how many children are undertaking more than one sport a school term. If you are a parent who is building a champion, please remember three things.
- Training and playing sport are tiring, very tiring. That is why great coaches don’t over-load their prized athletes. They allow down time for recovery and for their protégés to spend time doing non-competitive recreational activities.
- A tired student will find it difficult to concentrate in class. Many students who participate in after school sports are still running around during the day at school. Play is how they socialise with their friends. An over-loaded student will take the inactive time in the classroom to recharge the batteries with rest. This will affect their learning.
- In today’s world a person has a much better chance of achieving a high-income future with good grades than becoming a highly paid athlete. It is best to plan a balanced week for your child. Yes, sport is important, but it should not be the only focus to your child’s development.
Children are growing and that takes energy. You can help by planning their week to include some down time when there is no running around, high energy sport or study. Sometimes, it good to let them be themselves to develop their own interest.
By Peter Kenyon: Tutor