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Net Results: Training the Tennis Parent for Competition Hardcover – September, 1987

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From Publishers Weekly

Sports psychologist Loehr and Boston Magazine editor Kahn, a tennis player, begin with tales of adolescents who enjoy competitive play and others who find their lives all but ruined by participation in the sport. The authors maintain that much of the difference is attributable to the parents: those who are themselves disciplined, organized, not overwhelmed by the prospects of professional tennis's big money and, above all, supportive of their children are great assets to the young players; those who feel tremendous pressure to coerce their children into a win-or-die attitude court disaster. Loehr and Kahn suggest ways that parentsand coaches, toocan train themselves to help and not hinder their youngsters, and ways that the U.S. can reestablish its predominance in world tennis by aiding beginning players. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The pressures brought to bear on children who play competitive tennis in this country have led to burnout, psychological damage, and suicide. And the time, money, and emotion expended in developing young players often results in broken households and squandered talent. Written by a sports psychologist, this book is a guide for parents whose children play competitive tennis. It discusses how to be more supportive of children, how to reduce the tremendous pressures on them, how to pick an appropriate coach, and how to train children for competition without warping their physical and psychological development. It provides numerous examples and step-by-step methods for the parent to turn tennis into a positive experience for the child. Dennis Dillon, Univ. of Texas Libs., Austin
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Dr. Jim Loehr is a world-renowned performance psychologist, Co-Founder of the Human Performance Institute, and author of 16 books including his most recent, The Only Way to Win. He also co-authored the national bestseller The Power of Full Engagement.

From his more than 30 years of experience and applied research, Dr. Loehr believes the single most important factor in successful acheivement, personal fulfilment and life satisfaction is the strength of one's character. He strongly contends that character strength can be built in the same way that muscle strength is built throught energy investment.

Jim Loehr is also well known for his individual work with top-flight athletes and Olympians. A sampling of his elite clients from the world of sport include: golfers Mark O'Meara and Justin Rose; tennis players Jim Courier, Monica Seles, and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario; boxer Ray Mancini; hockey players Eric Lindros and Mike Richter; and Olympic gold medal speed skater Dan Jansen.

Dr. Loehr has a masters and doctorate in psychology, serves on several scientific boards, and is a full member of the American Psychological Association, the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology.

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