Toughening Athletes Up for a Tough World or Harming Their Brains?

Toughening Athletes Up for a Tough World or Harming Their Brains?


Alarming stories of bullying and child mistreatment continue to surface across the youth sports landscape, where coaching methods that disparage and demean are used by many in efforts to motivate, build character and toughen kids up to succeed in sports and life.

At the upcoming Virtual Youth Sports Congress on Nov. 4-6, conducted by the National Alliance for Youth Sports, Dr. Jen Fraser, author of Teaching Bullies Zero Tolerance on the Court or in the Classroom, will deliver a session entitled Toughening Athletes Up for a Tough World or Harming Their Brains?

In the first of two sessions she is presenting, she will share what researchers have learned about the impact of bullying on brains. Plus, she will reveal what neuroscientists see when they look at the brain scans of victims who have been bullied or abused.

This important session will also delve into the way young athletes' brains can be harmed or enhanced by the mental climate in which they train and play, which has enormous ramifications for how youth sports programs are conducted.  

Fraser’s presentation is part of a jam-packed three days of Congress sessions to help keep you ahead of the curve during these challenging times where professional development is more important than ever. Plus, it’s the perfect time to maintain or earn your Certified Youth Sports Administrator (CYSA) credential, which more than 4,000 recreation professionals have done.  

Among the sessions on tap are:

Preventing Bullying with Evidence-Based Practices for Athlete Health and Safety

Allocating Facilities - How to Balance Requests Using Data, Structured Policies and Guideline

Inclusion Isn’t Scary! Everyone has the Right to Play!

Specialization and Player Safety

Gender Equity in Youth Sport

Relationships are EVERYTHING!

Regaining Equilibrium – Time & Stress Management for Leader

Purpose Based Recognition: Recognizing, Rewarding, and Retaining

Youth Sports Program's Role in Developing Physical Literacy

And more!

Plus, there will be roundtable discussions on other important issues, providing attendees with opportunities to learn and share information with their peers.

The Youth Sports Congress is open to anyone with an interest in providing top-quality youth sports programming for today’s youth.

Don’t delay, register today!

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