“You’ve Got To Specialize If You Want To Be Special.” …..FALSE!
A recent study has surfaced and presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s annual meeting and it found that specialization does not appear to increase a youth athlete’s chance of eventually achieving elite status in their sport. In fact, the opposite may be true. Personally, I love multi-sport athletes. I encourage athletes to ultimately train the hardest or most for their main sport but to play other sports to stay more dynamic.
“Our study, which is the largest study to date examining the topic of single sports specialization, provides a foundation for understanding current trends in specialization in youth sports. Our results noted that current high school athletes specialized, on average, two years earlier than current collegiate and professional athletes. The results of our study suggest that specialization at a very young age does not increase the likelihood of an athlete achieving elite status within his/her sport.”
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