#HeySportsParents Book Review

#HeySportsParents Book Review

As a soccer mom I try to raise a healthy athlete with values both on and off the field. I have finally found a book that speaks about nutrition, and the highs and lows of competition from every angle.

#HeySportsParents Book Review

#HeySportsParents Book Review

#HeySportsParents Book Review

I was on the lookout for a guide that could help me be a good parent to a budding athlete. I was looking for a book that would help me with properly teaching my son that it’s okay to lose a game as long as he gave it his all. I also wanted something that would help me with ideas to prevent a serious physical injury.  This book was exactly what I was looking for, it covers everything from proper foot wear for the particular sport your child is in, the proper behavior for a parent who coaches his or her child, to good nutrition.

In this book you can also find a section including advice from other well-known sports physicians. But the section that I found the most interesting and helpful was the section on real-life parent perspectives and experiences. This book should definitely be a must read for any parent that has a child in sports.

You can find this great book in book stores and on Amazon.

Expert Advice Preps Parents For Wild World Of Youth Sports

Friday night lights are popping on in high school football stadiums across the country, ushering in another season of fall sports that includes football, soccer, cross country, and volleyball. Hearts will race; emotions will run high; nerves will shatter — and that’s just in the parent section.

#HeySportsParents: An Essential Guide for any Parent with a Child in Sports attacks the highs and lows of competition from every angle, with practical, actionable advice for parents of young athletes. Written by professional athlete and coach Sharkie Zartman and sports doctor Robert A. Weil, #HeySportsParents also includes valuable contributions from an impressive assemblage of other experts, as well as firsthand stories from sports parents.

The book is divided into four main sections:

• Sports Parenting 101 addresses the basics of parenting young athletes, such as finding the best programs, parental responsibilities, nutrition, and navigating the college recruiting process.
• The Sports Doctor Is In offers important advice from a doctor’s perspective, such as keeping children safe, youth sports and drugs, and choosing the best shoes.
• Some of the best minds in sports parenting share their insights in the third section, The Experts Speak Out. Topics include parent behavior on the sidelines, sports safety and youth concussions.
• In Parent Perspectives, seasoned sports parents share their journeys through youth athletics.

Sports parenting is easier said than done. That’s why Zartman and Weil teamed up to bring parents everywhere the essential tools and guidance needed to make their experiences as sports parents the best they can be.

#HeySportsParents Book Review

About the Author

Author Sharkie Zartman is a former five-time USVBA All-American volleyball athlete and champion competitor at UCLA. Zartman also competed for the USA Women’s Volleyball National Team in the World University Games and played in the women’s professional volleyball association for five years. She became an outstanding beach player and is a member of the California Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame. Zartman is a professor of health and fitness at El Camino College where she also coached volleyball for ten years. She hosts “Sharkie’s Pep Talk” on HealthyLife.net radio and has written more than 10 books.

Dr. Robert Weil is a sports podiatrist and has treated many of the world’s top athletes. He is the host of “The Sports Doctor” radio show and has written many articles for newspapers and magazines on sports parenting.

To learn more about the authors, please visit www.sharkiezartman.com or http://sportsdoctorradio.com.


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  1. Tamra Phelps

    My nephews play sports, and it’s almost always the parents that need lessons in sportsmanship. The kids are great, lol.

    1. Silvie (Post author)

      So true Tamra, My son has played soccer for 8 years now and some of the things I hear from the parents are infuriating. Just let the kids have fun is what I say. 🙂

  2. Lauryn R

    Very interesting read, thanks for sharing! My kids are too young to be in sports yet, but I am sure that this will come in handy someday soon.


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