A Baltimore-based journalist and educator, Mark Hyman writes often about the critical issue in sports today. His books on the topic of youth sports and the role of adults have been widely praised as opening a discussion about striking a proper balance between fun and competition. He also has written extensively about the business of sports and sports and law.
The Shirley Povich Center
The Shirley Povich Center at the Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland hosted a discussion of sports injuries from youth leagues to the pro ranks. I was a panelist along with Dr. Stephen Haas, retired physician for the Washington Wizards, Capitals and Nationals; Sean Sansiveri, Staff Council of the NFL Players Association and Scott Hallenbeck, Executive Director of USA Football, among others.
The Risks of Playing the Games
Nearly three million children ages seven to fourteen play organized tackle football in the U.S. Is that a good thing? In the New York Times, Dr. Robert Cantu argues that the number ought to be zero. In this article he summarizes points from our book, "Concussions and Our Kids."
New York Times Book Review
The mantra in America is that everyone needs a dream. So why not dream that your kid will be the one to land an athletic scholarship or sign a pro contract? Because – as Mark Hyman has documented in two important but troubling books – the lengths to which many of us go in pursuit of that vision can turn it into a nightmare.
Hyman’s previous book, "Until It Hurts," called attention to the physical and psychological injuries that zealous sports parents can bring upon their children. Now, in "The Most Expensive Game in Town," he examines the juggernaut of youth sports through the knothole of economics.