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For Children, Pressure Vs. Fun in Sports is Balancing Act

from Medill Reports

Young athletes striving for greatness face a lingering issue: "burnout." Chicago-area athletic departments and athletic trainers recognize the problem and work with coaches, parents and children to prevent injuries and mental stress from overtraining. These days, athletic trainers ask two questions, said Dr. Cynthia LaBella, medical director at Children's Memorial Hospital's Institute for Sports Medicine. "'Is the child having fun?' and 'Does the child have time for other things, like sleep?'"

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