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SmartTeams™ Talk: Neglecting an Athlete's Needs A Form of Child Abuse

Neglect of a child's needs in sports is a form of child abuse, says Sophia R. Grant, M.D., F.A.A.P. of Cook Children's Hospital in Ft. Worth, Texas, including obvious forms (allowing an athlete to play hurt, not seeking proper medical care for a child's injury) and more subtle forms (allowing bullying).

Warning Signs of Abuse or Neglect in Sports

There are many warning signs of possible abuse or neglect of a child.

Effects of Abuse and Neglect in Sports

A child who has been abused or neglected may experience a range of negative effects.

Types of Abuse and Neglect in Sports

Abuse in youth sports can take several forms, including physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect.

Abuse in Youth Sports Takes Many Different Forms

Abuse in youth sports takes four basic forms: physical, emotional, sexual and neglect. Emotional abuse is the most common form and leaves scars no less real.

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