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Parents Corner - November Newsletter 

Welcome to our November Newsletter. 
We have scanned the net to find topics we believe will help parents raising young athletes. No parent is perfect, however, here are some topics that might help you on you way to perfection.

7 Simple Guidelines For Sports Parents
Children Spending More Time Outdoors Less Likely To Become Nearsighted

Enjoy your reading and don’t forget if you have a topic you would like covered e-mail it to jason@readyrugby.com.au

7 Simple Guidelines for Sports Parents:

1. Sports should be fun for kids. Treat sport as a game It's not a business for kids. The primary goal should be to have fun and enjoy the healthy competition.

2. Your own agenda is not your child's. You might have a different agenda than your child and you need to recognise that the chosen sport is your child's sport, not yours.

3. Emphasise a mental focus on the process of execution instead of results or trophies. Teach your child to focus on the process of the challenge of playing one shot, stroke, or race at a time instead of the number of wins or trophies.

4. You are a role model for your child athlete. As such, you should model composure and poise on the sidelines. Stay calm, composed, and in control during games so your child superstar can mimic those positive behaviours.

5. Refrain from game-time coaching. During competition, it's time to just let them play. All the practice should be set aside because this is the time that athletes need trust in the training and react on the court or field.

6. Help you athlete to detach self-esteem from achievement.
Help your child understand that they are a person FIRST who happens to be an athlete instead of an athlete who happens to be a person. Success or number of wins should not determine a person's self-esteem.

7. Ask your child athlete the right questions. Asking the right questions after competition and games will tell your child what you think is important in sports. If you ask, "Did you win?" your child will think winning is important. If you ask, "Did you have fun?" he or she will assume having fun is important.

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Children Spending More Time Outdoors less likely To Become Nearsighted

Spending two to three hours a day outdoors can markedly lower a child’s risk of developing myopia or nearsightedness, according to a paper appearing in the January issue of Optometry and Vision Science. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading provider of information and business intelligence for students, professionals, and institutions in medicine, nursing, allied health, pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry.

Myopia is the leading eye disability in the world: a “significant global public health concern,” according to Terri Young, PhD, of the Duke University Medical Center’s Department of Ophthalmology. About one-third of U. S. adults suffer from it, and the number of individuals with myopia is estimated to grow from 1.6 billion worldwide today to 2.5 billion by the year 2020 (Institute of Eye Research (IER) Annual Report 2006-7.)

According to the research published in Optometry & Vision Science, the critical factor for reducing the development of myopia in children seems to be total time spent outdoors during daylight hours. Sports or physical activity does not appear to play a role: studies found that both active and passive outdoor activities had a protective effect on vision, while sports played indoors were found not to have this effect. One of the issue’s guest editors, Donald Mutti, OD, PhD, FAAO, reports that a child’s chances of becoming myopic--if he or she has two myopic biological parents--are about 6 in 10 for children engaging in 0-5 hours per week of outdoor activity, but the risk drops to 2 in 10 when outdoor activity exceeds 14 hours a week.