Many parents push their kids to focus on one sport, thinking that their chances of a scholarship will be better if they excel at one particular sport. But single sport specialization can actually be detrimental to the health and well-being of younger athletes. In this physical therapy education article, we are going to discuss why single sport specialization is often a bad idea for young athletes.
What is Single Sport Specialization
Single sport specialization is when a young athlete devotes themselves solely on one sport – be it basketball, baseball, football, hockey, or something else. All of their training is focused on one sport year-round, rather than dabbling in different sports throughout the year.
Burnout & Injuries
Research has also shown that it is much more beneficial for young athletes to diversify and participate in numerous sports throughout the year, rather than sticking with one. Injuries are more prevalent in young athletes who specialize in a single sport. Different sports rely on different muscle groups. The movements required in basketball are much different than those required in baseball. Sticking with only one sport can lead to the development of functional weaknesses in the young athlete’s body. This, in turn, can lead to injuries.
Edina Physical Therapy Specialists
At OrthoRehab Specialists, we provide physical therapy care for patients throughout the Twin Cities metro area. With nearly thirty years of experience, we are highly respected by our peers – with more than 600 local providers regularly referring their patients to us for continued rehabilitation care. We also offer direct access to physical therapy for patients in Minnesota who do not have referrals. Reach out to our physical therapists today and set up your appointment at one of our Twin Cities physical therapy clinics (located in Edina and Minneapolis).
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