Emphasizing the psychological benefits over physical wins in sports

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Emphasizing the psychological benefits over physical wins in sports

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Physical is what's on the scoreboard and unfortunately too often that's all we consider as parents or coaches. I would argue 3 things. They have fun, they develop character and could get good physical activity. Those are 3 things. So, if I get at least one of those things, that's a win even if the scoreboard suggest otherwise. Actually, it's amazing to me how often sports promote very same character points we're trying to promote our children. Doing things we don't feel like it, being kind to others, hassling all the time, taking the best out of adversity, learning from it and not letting it sink you - moving on. I'm amazed when I hear the best coaches interact with kids about what they're encouraging them to do with the field. They're the same thing we are trying to say to our kids as parents. As opposed to those instances where the victory solely defines the win. In which case we might not be worried about the character, development, fun or physical activity.

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David Palmiter, PhD, ABPP

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Dr. David Palmiter is a professor of Psychology and Counseling at Marywood University. He is a practicing and board-certified clinical psychologist, a past president of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, the author of over three dozen publications, including two books on promoting resilience in youth, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (true of < 6% of psychologists), the American Academy of Clinical Psychology and the Pennsylvania Psychological Association in youth. He has also given hundreds of workshops on family issues for organizations such as The Navy SEAL Foundation, The Master Therapist Series at the University of Connecticut, The American Psychological Association and the McGraw-Hill Financial Group and completed hundreds of media projects for outlets such as CNN, The New York Times, US News and World Report and the Wall Street Journal. David is also a dad of three (two studying at Cornell University and one still in high school) and husband of 27 years to Dr. Lia Richards-Palmiter. A central aspect of his professional mission is to put air under the wings of parents as they try to raise happy and resilient children and teens.

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