The harms of adult over-involvement in youth sports and ways to support children’s physical activity will be explored at the “Building Hope” public lecture on Tuesday, April 10.
Psychiatrist Christopher K. Peters, MD, will present “Youth, Athletics and the Psyche: What Happened to Playing Catch?” at 7 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church, 3701 Old Brownsboro Road. The “Building Hope” lecture series is sponsored by the UofL Depression Center.
Adults tend to focus on the outcomes of games, and some have a difficult time separating themselves from their child’s participation, said Peters, outpatient director of UofL Physicians-Bingham Clinic.
The talk will promote an understanding to keep coaches and parents from squelching children’s involvement in sports.
“Sports are a vehicle to teach so many life lessons, but most kids drop out of sports before high school and some never engage again,” Peters said. “When we understand the benefits and risks of sport involvement, we can all become part of keeping youth, and ultimately adults, more active and healthier.”
For more information, call the Depression Center at 502-588-4886.