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Pressure from Parents Discourages Child Athletes

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) -- Health experts say that parents' emphasis on winning in sports like soccer, baseball, and football is sucking the fun out of the games for many children, according to HealthDay.

Even though some 30 million kids played on little league teams in 2010, many children quit sports as they get older, and get into an unhealthy routine of inactivity and lethargy.

Some experts say parents who force children to play sports at a young age pressure them too much. Others say that sports engender an unhealthy culture of winning.

HealthDay lists some advice from experts on how to keep children healthy and motivated when playing sports. First on the list: don't stress winning! It is more important for children to appreciate the sport for its own sake, rather than as a means to an end. Other tidbits of advice include: avoid comparing your child with other players, try playing lots of different sports, and give children time off.

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