When the Coach is a Bully

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Have you noticed that your child's coach may be a bully? When do you, as a parent, intervene?
Air Date: 2/5/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Kody Moffatt, MD
Moffatt.polo resizedDr. Moffatt is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Creighton University School of Medicine and practices Pediatrics and Pediatric Sports Medicine Omaha, NE. He is a member of the Executive Committee on the American Academy of Pediatrics' Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness. Dr. Moffatt also Chairs the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee for the Nebraska School Activities Association and provides medical coverage for Nebraska state championship events as well as several youth sport events. He has lectured extensively and authored articles and textbook chapters on pediatric and pediatric sports medicine topics.
When the Coach is a Bully
"Most coaches treat their athletes with respect, but bullying is clearly a problem," says Dr. Kody Moffatt, a pediatrician in Omaha who is on the executive committee of the Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness for the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Moffatt goes on to say, "It happens more at the elite levels of the game."

So, when and how should parents intervene?

In this segment, Dr. Moffatt discusses the warning signs your child's coach may be too aggressive, and what steps you can take.

And, if you're a parent who coaches children's sports, Dr. Moffatt offers guidance on how to encourage and inspire young athletes without going too far.
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