Book Review

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Maria Barraza
Until It Hurts America’s Obsession with Youth Sports and How It Harms Our Kids. By Mark Hyman. Beacon Press Boston, Massachusetts, 2009. ISBN-13:978-0-8070-2119-4 $15 paper.
Youth sports today have made the sport less fun for the kids and more about the parent’s dreams and aspirations for their kids. This book is a perfect example of how youth sports have become an obsession for parents more than the players themselves. In Until It Hurts Mark Hyman gives the history of several youth sports and also talks about the relationships between parents and athletes. Mark Hyman wrote this book to help parents realize the mistakes they make when pushing kids too far and to the point of ...view middle of the document...

The belief is that they are investing all this money so their kids can have a chance at a college scholarship and possibly professional career which would repay the parents for all the sacrifices they have made. I agree with the book on the actions that parents make but I believe that reading this book would help some of these parents before it is too late. Hyman does a very good job of putting the information together and not judging the parents it seems he has a lot of guilt about things he did to his children.
In the fourth chapter Equal Time Hyman talks about equality for girl’s participation after Title IX and how he believes women have made significant headway in sports. Even though he feels this is a good thing he states that he fears for these girls as much as boys because they are starting to play even earlier and could end up with the same fate as boys with psychological issues and injuries. I felt this was an important chapter being a female and having read about Title IX in our book. The interviews in this chapter are shocking; first who know Michael Phelps had a sister who was also a swimmer. It is sad to know that she had such talent and drive but had to stop swimming because of serious injuries at such a young age. I think Hyman is correct...

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