New book by UW–Madison’s Stamm dispels common myths about youth sports


UW–Madison’s Julie Stamm has a new book coming out that is titled, “The Brain on Youth Sports: The Science, the Myths, and the Future.”

The Brain on Youth Sports book coverStamm is a clinical assistant professor in the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology.

Aimed at parents, coaches, youth sports administrators, and health care providers, “The Brain on Youth Sports” dispels common myths, explains the science around repetitive brain trauma in sports, and empowers parents to make informed decisions about sports participation for their children.

“It’s not all about concussions,” explains a description of the book on the Rowan and Littlefield website. “Those repetitive impacts that happen on every play in football or with every header in soccer can damage the brain, too.”

Stamm, a former three-sport athlete herself, said she understands the many wonderful benefits of youth sports, and believes every child should have the opportunity to play. However, she added, “I also believe we can protect their developing brain in the process.”

“The Brain on Youth Sports” will be released on July 3, but it is available for preorder now on the Rowan and Littlefield website.