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Mom on son’s concussion: “It really affected him mentally”

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

By Katie Culver The risk of getting hurt is part of playing sports. We parents of athletic children understand that. But rising awareness of concussions presents a new avenue of worry. How can we spot a concussion and what can we expect if our child suffers one? I spoke recently with ...

Start of football, soccer = Concussion Season

Friday, August 9th, 2013

By Katie Culver For many, the start of football and soccer season evokes the excitement of uniforms, new teammates, practices, and games. But doctors and parents endure another sort of anticipation: The arrival of Concussion Season. Concussions happen in athletics year round, but with the greatest frequency in football, followed by girl’s ...

Olympic mettle has no gender

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

By Katie Culver How can one not be inspired by the Olympics?! The 10 days of coverage I’ve watched remind me of my spirited Olympic dreams. As a young gymnast, I was rapt by Nadia Comaneci (the first perfect 10!) in 1980 and by Mary Lou Retton in 1984. Women’s soccer years ...

A little playground help: Why can’t girls and boys play together?

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

By Katie Culver Have you been to recess lately? It just so happens that I have. Recently, I volunteered for recess duty at my son’s school. (He’s in first grade.) There is plenty to say about recess – including that at many schools there is simply not enough of it. Some low-performing schools ...

The SI swimsuit challenge: What’s a mom to do?

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

     By Katie Culver There is not a lot of media coverage of female athletes, but when there is I like my daughter, who is five years old, to see it. I try to records as many women's sporting events as I can for her to watch. Recently, we were watching the U.S. ...

Think fresh: Enough Merry (girl or boy) Christmas

Monday, December 19th, 2011

By Katie Culver I work – really hard – at avoiding gender stereotypes with kids so I decided to tick through what we had lined up for Christmas this year: there was the Wii for my son and an American Girl doll for my daughter. Err – I mean, a Wii ...

Sport parents: Should you bribe your kid to play?

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

By Katie Culver Most parents have been there: Wanting your child to try or do something so badly, knowing that she or he would just love the activity, sport, or food that you just might do anything to get them to do it…even bribery. Is bribery OK? Recently, for example, a mom bribed ...

Are we dressing our girls out of sports?

Monday, September 28th, 2009

By Katie Culver At the playground the other day a girl struggled to climb up a curved ladder after my son. She was wearing sandals. Her feet kept getting tangled in her dress. Another day, a brother and sister at the park with their grandparents were swinging when the boy jumped down ...