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Research shows that sport specialization in early to middle childhood has become increasingly common. While most experts agree that some degree of sports specialization if necessary, there is some debate as to whether such intense 1-sport practice time might begin too early and cause increased rick for serious, life altering, injury.


NATA Statements:

Prevention of Pediatric Overuse Injuries

Best Practice Recommendations for Youth Sports Leagues

Epidemiology of Overuse Conditions in Youth Football and High School Football Players


Additional Resources:

CDC: Sports Safety

CDC HEADS UP to Youth Sports

Safe Kids Worldwide: Preventing Sports-Related Injuries

NATA: The Risk of Overuse Injuries Infographic

The Young Athlete: Challenges of Growth, Development, and Society

US Youth Soccer: Are Kids Specializing in Sports Too Early?

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