“Ambitious coaches and parents and an extreme focus on winning often creates scenarios where children have no choice but to focus on only one sport or activity” – Richard Monette, head of Active for Life READ MORE
“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