Runners are all too familiar with overuse injuries. We feel a twinge of pain, most likely ignore it and plug along with our training. It hurts more, but we persevere to reach a certain goal at the expense of possibly not even being able to run the very race we're training for despite the pain.
According to the article, today's young athletes are going professional at younger and younger ages. Some parents may have the best intentions, but end up pushing their kid too far leading to tendinitis, osteochondrosis (a degenerative disease) and bone damage.
I guess this sort of like the maniacal parents in "Toddlers & Tiaras". Since Lil' Bubba is only 7 months old, I don't pay much attention to the kids' sporting events right now. Will I turn into one of those crazy-eyed, yelling parents on the side line? I always say that I don't know how I'll be until I'm actually in the situation. But I do know my own pains from overdoing it... and I wouldn't want Lil' Bubba to suffer no matter how good (or bad) he is at any sport!
Any of you moms out there know a parent who's fanatical about their kid? Are YOU one of those parents? C'mon... you can tell me!