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The Importance of Multi- Sports and Not Sport Specialization at a Young Age

Michael Strutt

By Michael Strutt

Posted October 1 2017

At Kids In Sports, we focus on the importance of learning multi sports at a young age and the benefits of doing so. Specific sports can wear children down if they start too early. The problem that arises out of children specializing at such an early age is that they do not have the social skills nor the cognitive skills to understand the complex roles they must partake in to be successful in a serious sport. It’s important for kids not to specialize or play one sport year round and that, parents and coaches must be cognizant of the fact that kids’ bodies are not meant to be trained in the same manner as adults.

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Studies show that out of nearly 30 million children playing sports under age 14 in the United States, 3.5 million will receive medical treatment for sports injuries in a given year. This negative physical impact of sports is said to be caused by young athletes’ specialization in a particular sport. Due to this specialization, the child experiences over-use and under-development of muscles and motor-skills that could be developed by a youth athlete who does not specialize in a sport year round. Changing up sports with the seasons as a child grows up can help prevent injury in addition to creating a healthier and stronger athlete in the end.

Not only are you protecting your children from injury, but having your children participate in multi-sports at a young age inspires a lifelong appreciation of an active lifestyle and passion for sports, improves socialization and cognitive skills, and helps the development of self -esteem. For all you football fans, check out the graph below as proof multi-sports are the way to go!