“NHL athlete Kyle Turris played all the sports growing up: Lacrosse, hockey, tennis and golf to name a few”. The physical, mental and emotional well-being of athletes is being negatively impacted by early specialization, both in the short and long term.
“This study demonstrates that single-sport specialization can have potentially negative consequences on the injury risk and career longevity of even the most elite athletes; relaying an important message to coaches, parents and athletes involved in youth sports.” READ MORE
49% of high-level baseball players surveyed specialized in their sport at a young age. These same players experienced a significant injury during their careers at a higher rate then those who didn’t specialize. READ MORE
Dr. Wade Gilbert is an award-winning author, speaker, advocate, scientific advisor and professor from the Department of Kinesiology at California State University. In this article he offers step-by-step suggestions for coaches. READ MORE
“Parents: Ask you kid if he or she can somersault. See if they can play catch with both hands. Can they run backwards? Most parents would be astonished that their kids can’t do it” – Chris Schwarz, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Ottawa Senators. READ MORE