In recognition of April as National Youth Sports Safety Month, MomsTeam has asked 30 experts to write a blog answering two questions: first, how or why did they get into their field, and second, how have they made a difference in the life of a youth athlete in the past year.
Today, we hear from sociologist Hilary Levey Friedman.
By Hilary Levey Friedman
How did I get into my field?
As a sociologist my work has focused primarily on the family and the educational system, two powerful institutions in childhood socialization.
Forming sports teams by size, rather than age or grade, may not only reduce the advantage kids born earlier in the year have over younger teammates (the relative age effect), but the number of injuries.