Sports Specializaton, intensive training may be detrimental for young athletes

Sports specialization, intensive training may be detrimental for young athletes

Child athletes who only focus on one sport and undergo intensive training may have a higher risk of developing injuries and burnout than those who don’t, according to an AAP report in Pediatrics. Young athletes, parents and coaches should understand that sports are intended to instill fun and develop lifelong physical activity skills; early diversification and later specialization may increase the likelihood of success in athletic goals; and that rest periods can facilitate physical and psychological recovery and reduce injury risk, the report said.

AAP News (8/29),  AAP News (8/29),  Reuters (8/29) 

 

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