If you're thinking about pursuing individualized sports training for your child, here are some things sports psychologist Marty Martinez urges you to keep in mind:
Marty Martinez, a sports psychologist at Iowa State University, fears that getting advanced sports training for children at too young an age sends a signal to other parents that they'd better follow suit.
"You start to see parents worrying, 'Oh, hey, my kid's not going to get to play soccer because he's
already falling behind,' " Martinez
"This could be at age 4, which is ridiculous.
There's no such thing as falling behind."
SORTING OUT FUN, FRUSTRATIONS
For each expert such as Martinez
, there's a different avenue of thought from trainers like Shea Carpenter - who prefers to get her
hands on would-be softball pitchers as young as possible.
Martinez, the psychologist at Iowa State, sees the benefit of individualized sports training, but wonders if there's a cost beyond the money.
"You're going to learn great technique.
You can start to see some natural proclivity to certain activities," he