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Home Team Advantage: The Critical Role of Mothers in Youth Sports Paperback – Bargain Price, September 5, 2006
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This immensely readable book assembles brilliantly the most important lessons learned from parents, respected athletes, educators, physicians, trainers and coaches. (Eli Newberger, M.D., Professor at Harvard Medical School and author of THE MEN THEY WILL BECOME )
An invaluable resource...superbly informative and educational...for not only every sports mom, but educator and parent as well. (Robert C. Cantu, M.D., Neurosurgeon, Co-Director Neurological Sports Injury Center Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston. Author of Neurological Head and Spine Injuries. )
A book every family needs to have and utilize to keep their children safe and off the field. (David Janda, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon, Director of the Institute of Preventative Sports Medicine. )
For those with a stake in those children who are involved in sports, de Lench is important reading. (Paul Bearmon, M.D., Emergency Room Physician, President of "Keep 'em All Playing" )
More About the Author
De Lench was recently appointed to the National Council on Youth Sports Safety, a two-year initiative to prevent the incidence of catastrophic injuries in youth athletes spearheaded by former United States Surgeon General, David Satcher, MD. Brooke was one of three female participants at a recent Aspen Institute Sports and Society roundtable at which three dozen thought leaders considered the question: "How can football best serve the interests of children, communities and public health?" at a symposium titled: "Playing Safety: The Future of Youth Football." She was also a speaker at number of recent symposiums; for example; preventing sexual abuse in youth sports organized by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Washington, D.C, and has been an active participant at the annual NFL-USA Football Health and Safety roundtables.
A regular participant at the annual NFL-USA Football Health and Safety roundtable, Ms. de Lench has consulted with the NFL/USA Football on how to make youth/ high school football safer since 2009, and consults with schools, sports leagues and national organizations on policy development and strategies for making sports programs safer.
Ms. de Lench is veteran of more than 300 live television appearances, has appeared on all the major television networks, and is quoted frequently in the print press, including Time, Reader's Digest, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and Washington Post. Her opinion pieces have appeared on the op-ed pages of major newspapers nationwide, including The Washington Post and Long Island Newsday.
The mother of adult triplet sons, Ms. de Lench lives in the Boston area.
Top Customer Reviews
In HOME TEAM ADVANTAGE: THE CRITICAL ROLE OF MOTHERS IN YOUTH SPORTS, Brooke de Lench looks beyond the minivan-chauffeuring, frazzled women behind children's athletics. In this culmination of experience and research, de Lench examines everything from when to register kids for sports to how to handle bad coaching situations.
This wonderful resource is divided into three major sections: "Part I: The Role of Sports Mothers in the Family"; "Part II: Sports Mothers, Coaches, and Other Parents"; and "Part III: What Mothers Can Do to Reform Youth Sports."
Part I steps mothers through the process of getting children started in sports. Knowing what sport(s) to register your child in is just as important as determining a good age to begin. Also discussed are differences between boys and girls, the need for balancing family schedules, preventing abuse, and dealing with injuries and injury prevention.
Part II addresses the ever-growing concerns over abusive coaches and parents, as well as ways to handle such situations.
Part III gives great tips for mothers (and fathers) to advocate for their kids. Mothers can and should take active roles in their kids' sports. Besides driving and providing snacks, there are many more ways to contribute, even if a mom is a busy professional.
The material in this book is concise and well written. Some themes are repeated throughout the book, but these are important ideas that cannot be expressed enough (such as whether the kids are having fun, safety, and so on).Read more ›
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As a professional who has worked with hundreds of youth athletes, I can tell you that there is much more than what meets the eye in your child's participation in sports. Read morePublished on July 16, 2011 by Craig Sigl
I heard author De Lench talking on NPR national radio last week about this book and all of the work she has done (is doing) with preventing catastrophic injuries and death of kids... Read morePublished on April 11, 2007 by Kelsey Jenkinson
Chapter after chapter we hear about how "winning at all cost," over-competitiveness and how kids specialize in a sport way too soon (before high school varsity level), the author... Read morePublished on March 12, 2007 by Franci