THURSDAY, Could 12, 2022 (HealthDay Information)
In case your teenagers play only one sport, new analysis suggests you would possibly need to encourage them to strive others.
Researchers report that focusing solely on one sport places highschool athletes at elevated danger for accidents and burnout.
The investigators surveyed 975 U.S. highschool athletes and located that greater than 1 in 5 had a excessive stage of specialization in a single sport, whereas greater than 42% had a small stage of specialization.
“A lot of research have identified that when you focus on one sport, for instance, you solely play baseball otherwise you solely play soccer, you are doing the identical actions again and again, so there are a whole lot of points with repetitive use accidents,” stated examine creator Dee Warmath, an assistant professor within the School of Household and Shopper Sciences on the College of Georgia.
“Different research [have] identified that there is additionally an affiliation with burnout,” Warmath stated in a college information launch. “You need younger adults to be engaged of their sport, and there are a whole lot of advantages of that. But when all you do year-round is play soccer, there is a danger you may get burned out and probably depart the game.”
The examine discovered that athletes who deliberate to play a sport in school and loved competitors have been extra prone to focus on one sport.
“We have to acknowledge that athletes interact in sports activities specialization for what are actually constructive causes: They need to get higher at their sport. They need to compete extra successfully,” Warmath stated.
Understanding why a teen likes to focus on one sport can assist dad and mom and coaches discover methods to get younger athletes concerned in different sports activities.
“We’d want a extra balanced strategy to coping with sport specialization when athletes are participating in it for what are actually constructive causes,” Warmath stated.
“So as a substitute of claiming sport specialization is dangerous and also you should not do it, possibly it is extra about discovering methods to compete extra successfully and emphasizing how even some skilled athletes use different sports activities to coach for his or her main sport,” she stated. “This variety of sports activities could make you higher in your main sport.”
The examine was printed just lately within the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports activities Drugs.
There’s extra on highschool sports activities accidents on the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
SOURCE: College of Georgia, information launch, Could 2, 2022
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