Lots of times, Chris, kids take up a sport or sports because their parents push them into it. And by pushing, I don't mean just simply suggesting the idea to the child. I'm talking about what we in the sport or performance horse industry refer to as the "horse show parent" who insists that his or her child ride and win at any cost, no matter who gets hurt in the process, and without regard to the child's feelings about the sport. In essence, the parent bullies the child into doing it, or even worse, they try to relive their own lost youth vicariously through their child's activities. The results of this are generally tragic for everyone involved. What happens a lot of the time is that the child develops a permanent, lasting hatred of anything and everything connected to horses and horse sports, and as soon as they are legally able to quit riding at 18, they do so. There have been SO MANY talented young riders who have been lost to the sport horse industry because of this in recent decades, that it's hard to keep track of them all.
I can't comment much about other sports, but I know that kids who enter the major team sports like baseball, football and the like are under ENORMOUS PRESSURE to win and succeed, almost from the get go. That's because of the money involved in these sports, more so than anything else. And the kind of pressure to win that many young athletes face is one of the major factors that drive scandals, including things like cheating scandals at the high school and collegiate level. That's sad, but it's also reality.
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