The Culture and Society of Somalia, Africa accept as Normal the Violation of Human Rights and the victimization, starving and rape of women and children in their unrestrained, Male Dictatorial Nation.
Despicably, some of the Bottom Line, Win-At-All-Costs, Dysfunctional U.S.A. Culture and Society, accept as Normal the Physical and Psychological (Emotional) Endangerment, Maltreatment and Sexual Abuse of Child and Youth Amateur Athletes that are Amateur Athlete Human Rights Violations.
Sports accidents happen while playing by the rules of the games in safe sports environments with proper coaching Athlete Protection, Supervision and Coaching Conduct. These kinds of Injuries and Deaths are Accidental and Not Preventable and inherent and natural to the games athletes play.
But direct or indirect Physical and Psychological (Emotional) Maltreatment and Endangerment and Sexual Abuse of a Child and Youth Athlete by a Coach resulting in Serious Injury and/or Death is Unlawful. These incidents are Preventable, Not-Accidental and Not Natural to the Game Being Played by the Athlete.
About 8,000 Athletes less than 18 years old are treated DAILY in U.S. Emergency Departments. According to authorities, 50% are Preventable and Not-Accidental.
Thus, 4,000 emergencies daily need be eliminated with improved safeguards, because they are Preventable and Not-Accidental.
As far back as 1981 Dr. Edwin R. Guise and Dr. Richard M. Ball understood and described the problem in our society and coined the terms “Socially Approved Athletic Child Abuse”and “Battered-Child-Athlete-Syndrome” [Weekly World News, Jan 20, 1981, Health News]
Today, the problem can be illustrated in the following equation. The Detrimental Determinant Risks, A + B + C + D, are the Risks that often result in DANGROUS CHILD AND YOUTH SPORTS and Child and Youth Athlete Abuse Syndrome (CAAS).
DANGEROUS SPORTS = A + B + C + D
DANGEROUS SPORTS, Child Athlete Abuse Syndrome, CAAS, a short title for the entire Clustering of Pathologies, serious injuries and Deaths from Athlete Physical and Psychological Endnagerment and Maltreatment and Sexual Abuse and Amateur Athlete Human Rights Violations.
A. Athletes nowadays are often Obese, Indoor, Electronic, and Sedentary Inhabitants
B. Bottom Line, Win-At-All-Costs Dysfunctional Sports Community i.e.
School Boards, School Officials, Fans, Media, Parents, Sports Medicine Doctors, High School and University Athletic Associations and Federations etc.
C. Toss in the Coach who is a Hardnosed, Coercive, Win-At-All-Costs, Yelling-Screaming Plowline Coach, who crosses the line and Pushes and Punishes Athlete beyond their Physical and Psychological (Emotional) Limits, rather than a calm, trustworthy teacher and mentor of student-athletes
D. Drastically Different Inside and Outside Environments including Global Warming, Air Pollution, decreased Safety Standards Inside and Outside
The U.S. has been blessed with many fine upstanding Coaches. Most are mentors teachers, guides, counselors, sponsors, advisors, and role models. The Athlete learns athletic skills and knowledge about the games they play from these types Coaches. This Great Coach develops a lasting open relationship with the player and has a positive inflluence on Athletes’ lives after sports.
Of course, on the other hand, the Coach can be an actual Bully, an intentional Tough Man Act or the Transference of a Former Sinister, Nasty, Bullying Couch from the Coach’s prior sports experience. As in any profession, trade or walk of life, this group equals about 10%-20% of the occupation.
Advocates are most apt to change C. the Hardnosed, Coercive, Win-At-All-Costs, Yelling-Screaming, Plowline Coach than A. B. or C.
The Coach, who is unaware, should be Educated about Child Abuse Rules of Law, Proper Child Custodial Protection and Supervision and the Coach-Athlete Fiduciary Trust and Relationship, and Proper Coaching Conduct. Defend themselves from the inducements of A+B+D. Look out for themselves.
The Coach should implement the 4 R’s of Coaching:
1, Respect Athlete Humanity
2. Accept the Responsibility for the Safety, Health, Care and Welfare of Athletes
3. Develop positive Relationships with Athletes
4. Offer positive Recognition of Athletes after successfully attempting and/or completing an assignment and offer positive Recognition for a job well done. A Pat On The But Goes A Long Way.