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Young Kids and Sports

on March 16, 2017

Are you an unwitting subscriber to “champ think?”  That’s the common mind-set shared by many parents that early involvement in competitive sports will give a child a leg up on peers and set her on the path to elite-athlete status.
Physicians and physical therapists consider it more important to expose a young child to a variety of activities than to focus on one specific sport. If she plays a single sport excessively, she risks overuse injuries in her still-growing body. Plus, she may burn out on it. That’s why youth sports experts generally advise that early-elementary kids not be involved in more than one league at a time and not play a single sport year-round, no matter how physically gifted they appear to be.

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