“As socioeconomic status increases, the likelihood of sport specialization increases and [they are] more likely to do individual sports but also to have more serious overuse injuries,”?Neeru?A.?Jayanthi, MD.?READ MORE
“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