Overwhelmed by Pressure to Perform, Kids ‘Retire’ From Sports in ESPN's New PSA

Are parents part of the problem?

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One of the cautionary tales about parents pushing their children to reach the highest levels of sports is Todd Marinovich. The former USC and Oakland Raiders player was groomed by his father from birth to become a professional footballer, only to fall from grace in some of the most destructive ways possible, including extensive drug use.

While Marinovich is an extreme example, kids today face increasing pressure to perform on the field at a younger age.

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