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Athletics Resources

We’ve compiled this list of articles that align with our athletics mission as a resource for parents of young athletes.

5 Reasons You Want Your Kid to be a Multi-sport Athlete
Michelle Smith of ESPN offers some good reasons to avoid having your children specializing in one sport at such a young age.

Avoiding Sport Specialization Helps Kids Have Fun, Discover Themselves
Leaders in the youth community are expressing concern that too many children are being steered by their parents towards specializing in a single sport at a very young age.

Pediatricians Say Children Shouldn’t Specialize in a Single Sport Until Age 15-16
Children who specialize in a single sport and train intensively for it are at higher risk of experiencing overuse injuries, as well as burnout, anxiety and depression, according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Let’s Stop the Early Sport Specialization Madness!
According to all the expert evidence linked to above, evidence provided by actual specialists in sport science, medicine, and psychology, any organization that is allowing, encouraging or forcing a child to play a single sport prior to age 12, and is not actively developing that child in functional movement and all around athleticism, while also mandating rest and time off, is creating a dangerous situation for that child. They are taking huge risks with his or her health, well-being, and lifetime love of activity. End of story.

Competition, Not Specialization, Builds Elite Athletes
Mitch Belisle, a former All-American lacrosse player for Cornell University and a current professional player with the Boston Cannons (MLL) and Georgia Swarm (NLL), shares his experience as a young athlete.

Dear Potential Recruit, Your Talent Only Gets You So Far
As the Head of Leadership at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL, James Leath has the privilege of having conversations with college recruiters from major universities every week. “One of saddest topics we discuss are stories of top high school talent being passed over because of behavior off the field. High talent and low character is a poor combination,” he said.

Why It Sucks To Be The Parent Of A Good Athlete
The possibility of greatness is hard to ignore – it seems to exist, or does it? And therein lies the struggle. It’s why we push so hard. “Potential” is dangling in front of our kids, consistently just out of reach. Our children are strong competitors, love sports and could be elite athletes one day. Or not.