Nov 21, 2013
11:36 AMConnecticut Today
CPTV Documentary on Sports Taking Over Lives of Connecticut Kids a Must-See
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“The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons is really clear that year-round sports is a bad idea for kids, and particularly a single sport year-round is a bad idea. It leads to this enormous increase in overuse injuries that young children have,” psychologist and author Madeline Levine says in “Going, Going, Gone … .”
Also interviewed in the film, the website says, is Tom DeBerardino, M.D., of the UConn Health Center Department of Orthopedics, who points out that he is seeing “more adult injuries now in younger kids” than ever before—and these injuries can have long-term implications. “We could be talking down the road, decades from now … we’re going to be doing total knee replacement where there’s just nothing left to fix,” he says.
Beyond assessing the impact of the societal shift regarding youth sports, the documentary looks at the “why.”
“You have AAU [Amateur Athletic Union] teams that are sponsored by Nike, Adidas, Under Armour. … And it goes a step further. Now you have NCAA college teams that are sponsored by sneaker companies. So you have Adidas AAU teams gearing their kids or funneling their kids towards the college teams that are sponsored by that sneaker company that they’re in bed with,” Reggie Hatchett, director of player development for the Connecticut Basketball Club and former director of sports, fitness and recreation for Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford, says in the post on the CPTV website.
The eventual result for your children from all of this?
The documentary’s expert sources say 70 percent of children will walk away from organized sports by their early teens because they’ve decided playing is no fun anymore. And if you’re hoping the intense focus on sports will lead to a full college scholarship, Boyd points out that those come through for less than 1 percent of students.
“As parents, we’re all kind of staring at each other,” asking if this is what’s supposed to be happening with children and sports, Boyd says.
“I really hope that this is just the start of the conversation,” she says of the documentary, which she worked on “more than full-time” for more than four months.
In addition to the film being aired three times this weekend, Boyd says CPTV will post the documentary online "pretty quickly," where anyone will be able to watch it.
Meanwhile, tune in at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, for a full and fascinating exploration of the phenomenon you and your children are living through.