When it comes to youth sports, often it is all about “keeping up with the Joneses.” Young athletes are specializing in a single sport at earlier ages with the belief that more hours focused on one sport will result in them becoming a better athlete. However, research has shown this may not be the case and putting more hours into a sport at a young age may have such consequences as burnout and overuse injuries.
“One of the most interesting things is there are no good data to show that specializing in a single sport at an early age increases the likelihood of you being successful,” Mininder S. Kocher, MD, MPH, professor of orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School and associate director of the division of sports medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, told Orthopedics Today. “In fact, there are some data showing that in college and professional athletes, the ones who are multi-sport athletes are more likely to succeed and play at those levels than the ones who focused on a single sport.”
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