Posts tagged "Sports Specialization"

Where Burnout Ends and “Fun” Begins in Sports Participation

Over the last 10 to 15 years, there has been a great deal of interest and publicity over the number of young athletes dropping out of sports or activities. Commonly referred to as burnout, opinions abound over the reasons why this phenomenon has been increasing. Many point to the growing trend toward sports specialization as... Read more »

High School Sports: A Unique And Different Perspective On Sports Specialization - Part II

In continuation of my piece Monday on A Unique And Different Perspective On Sports Specialization, here are the final two interconnected aspects of this somewhat complex issue. The Sport I am a very firm believer that the internal mental/emotional  ingredients, most specifically with one’s attitude and thought process, needed  for athletic success are identical no... Read more »

High School Sports: A Unique And Different Perspective On Sports Specialization - Part I

There aren’t too many topics that get high school coaches more fired up than the movement toward sports specialization in our current youth sports culture. From many perspectives, when only about 2% of high school athletes will ever play college sports on scholarship, it does seem illogical to travel the sports specialization path with that... Read more »
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National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Gives Guidelines For Overuse Injury Prevention

When discussing topics that focus on the genuine health and safety concerns for athletes, I like to seek out information from those who deal with such things on a regular basis. One group I would have to include in this discussion would be athletic trainers. The importance of, and weight behind, suggested guidelines these individuals... Read more »