Youth Athletics: specializing too young?

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I grew up in a household where all four of my brothers played sports from the youngest possible ages: Pop Warner Football, Little League, Parish Basketball. But each season, a new sport emerged. The idea of specializing in just one sport was not even an option until college. As my own children, and my nieces and nephews, have come up through the ranks of youth athletics, specializing and playing on elite teams all year long has started to emerge as the favorable option, but they all still liked the diversity of switching it up each season: soccer, cross country and football in the fall, basketball, ice hockey and running in the winter, track and field, rowing and lacrosse in the spring. I think we really need to look at whose aspirations we are fulfilling when we push our children into athletic pursuits that are not always of their choosing…

See what one docto,r who is also a parent, is saying about the state of stress injuries in children pushed to choose too young, to specialize in a sport.

Youth Athletics: The costs of specializing at a young age

About Kathleen McNamara Head's Up!

an educator in Independent Schools for over 28 years
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