Tag: Specialization

Former Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers & Philadelphia Phillies Ball Player Doug Glanville Speaks Out on “Winning” at TIME.com

We read about the winning-at-all-cost attitudes, illegal performance-enhancement practices, and poor (sometimes illicit) behavior of our elite level and professional athletes on a pretty regular basis these days. And major league baseball certainly is not immune to scrutiny, and media emphasis, in these areas as the past has shown them to be a major player... Read more »

Part II: Sports Specializations - Sports Podiatrist Dr. Robert A. Weil Has The Right Approach

For me, it is an interesting question, this idea of whether proper training would help decrease the rate and risk of injury even though one is specializing in a sport. One of the main reasons (keeping the injury piece in mind) it is suggested that young athletes engage in a variety of sports and activities... Read more »

Part I: Sports Specialization - Looking At It From A Different Angle

There has been a lot of talk lately about the negative effects of early sports specialization; and rightfully so. Articles from established, well-respected sources abound, citing increase in overuse injuries, early sports burnout, and an increase of more severe injuries (torn ACL’s of the knee and UCL’s in the elbow) never seen at such early... Read more »

A Different Approach To U.S. Sports Specialization Trends

  In Aurora’s The Beacon-News Jim Owczarski takes a unique look at the current trend of sports specialization in his article Swimming Upstream.  Jim’s piece focuses on Lou Solarte’s (PGA golf instructor) “push back” against this trend by emphasizing the development of athleticism within athletes in his “junior programs at Hilton Indian Lakes Resort in... Read more »

More on Sports Specialization: Still A Hot Topic in Today's Sports Culture

It is common practice for me to routinely surf the internet for articles regarding sports and youth sports issues. The title of this blog certainly supports that activity, and diligence in this provides much food for thought as I contemplate what important issues to address or expand on. In May of 2008, I came across... Read more »

Part 3: Specialization in Youth Sports, Good or Bad?

Finishing up our focus on specialization, another factor that athletes (and their parents) need to keep in mind is that different sports can and do bring different circumstances into the mix. There are sports that tend to have a genuine overlap between them (more so in some than in others) and because of this overlap... Read more »

Part 2: Specialization in Youth Sports, Good or Bad?

I suppose the best answer to this question of specialization in sports (and I know I might get some grief for this) is that there really is no best or right answer, at least no right answer for everyone and every situation. There are just too many variables in order for one answer to truly... Read more »

Part 1: Specialization in Youth Sports, Good or Bad?

Just over two years ago I wrote an article on the growing trend of athletes specializing in only one sport. It is something that had its beginnings somewhere in the late 70’s, gaining increasing popularity and athletes’ interest as each decade passed. The question at hand is: Is the centralized focus of athletes like swimming... Read more »