This comment came in from Kristine on the blog post about Aly Raishman’s parents who have a very physical (and hysterically funny) reaction to watching their daughter perform on the uneven parallel bars:
Given that gymnastics on an olympic level is a high-performance sport which causes quite a lot of damage to the body, shouldn’t that be “they’re obviously abusive parents”?
This is an interesting question to debate.
In high-level sports, damage is unavoidably done to the body. Broken bones, repeated sprains and tears, and in some sports, head injuries.
A lot of attention has been paid to the suicides of professional football players which are more and more being attributed to the concussions they suffer starting as young as Pee Wee football league.
As parents, do we have a responsibility to protect our children from injuries such as these, or is it more important to cultivate and support the dreams of such focused and talented children?