You can’t turn around without your child engaging on a social media platform of some sort. Currently Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat are the most popular among teens. Instagram is typically utilized to showcase the “fantastic” life your kids lead and all the “friends” they have. Notice it’s in quotes? Yes, because most of it isn’t real – but more on that later. Our teenagers are using Twitter to express their opinions with the hope that their social circle will like, comment and share their tweets, thus providing social proof they are “relatable”. And then there’s Snapchat! Our kids don’t want us...Read More
When young athletes talk about a career playing sports, they almost always look to the best and greatest teams. The teams or institutions that receive the most air-time and the highest rankings. They visualize themselves having a starting role on those teams. They fantasize about holding up the cup or wearing the ring. But the reality is, the chances of a high school athlete, getting recruited for a DI athletic scholarship is exceedingly low. The NCAA released new statistics in 2017 that breaks down the likelihood of making it to the D1 level for all major sports. Bottom line –...Read More
Life isn’t fair on a lot of different levels. Youth athletics is just one of them. I remember when my oldest was in high school. She was set to take the stage in a tennis doubles match. It was toward the end of the season and things had been going very well with her doubles partner. They were jelling, even though this was the first season they had played together as a doubles pair. My daughter had a poor warm up and without notice, the coach replaced her as they were about to take the court. No explanation, no apology,...Read More
Controversial Topic Alert!!! When should kids start to lift weights? That really depends on who you ask. Your child’s Middle School football coach will tell you the boys need to be strong on the field, in order to avoid injury. The guys in your teenager’s CrossFit box will tell you strength training, albeit not traditional weightlifting, is required to gain muscle mass. Avoiding injury in a full-contact or muscle sport is critical, they’ll all say. I don’t necessarily disagree with this thinking. However, as a doctor and Mom of a football player, the “growth plate” issue is certainly a...Read More
You’re sitting around the dinner table and the talk turns to your sister’s uncle’s brother’s daughter who just committed to play D1 soccer at WVU. Your 6 year old daughter looks up at you and says “Hey Mommy, I want to play soccer too”. You’re excited because she has shown an interest in something without being prompted. But before you can finish your happy dance, your husband says “I think you would really enjoy Little League. I played when I was young and really had fun”. You watch as the smile on your daughter’s face turns into something else –...Read More
Dr. Elizabeth A. Lewis spent the majority of her medical career inside orthopedic and sports-specific operating rooms. As a sports-focused pediatric anesthesiologist, Dr. Lewis cared for all levels of athletes, from pop-warner to the professional ranks. But there were no athletes she cared for more than her own children. With a combined focus on 9 sports, plus the recruiting process twice, Dr. Lewis understands the level of support and dedication that is required to raise athletes – especially those that want to play at the next level. Join Dr. Lewis as she shares her experiences – the good, the bad and the amazing, of raising athletes.