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Abuse in Youth Sports Takes Many Different Forms

Federal law defines child abuse and neglect as, at minimum, any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation to a child, or an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm.

In the context of youth sports, child abuse can take many, and perhaps, to some, surprising forms:  

Emotional abuse

Is a verbal attack on a child's self esteem by a person in a position of power, authority, or trust such as a parent or coach, and occurs even if the attack is intended as a form of discipline or is not intended by the adult to cause harm

Can take many forms, including any of the following:


Player Safety in Youth Sports: Sportsmanship and Respect as an Injury-Prevention Strategy

The night was November 3, 1999, and the final seconds were ticking down in a junior varsity hockey game between bitter local rivals, New Trier High School and Glenbrook North High School, at the Rinkside Sports Ice Arena in the  Chicago suburb of  Gurnee. New Trier was  comfortably ahead, 7-4, in the teams' first encounter since Glenbrook North had edged them, 3-2, for the Illinois state junior varsity title a season earlier.[1] Junior varsity contests do not  normally  provide lasting memories in any sport, but this early-November game would be different.


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