SAN DIEGO, March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Youth single sport specialization—training and playing just one
The new study—which involved surveys of 503 high school, 856 collegiate and 1,731 professional athletes (3,090 athletes, total)—also found that high school athletes reported a statistically higher incidence of sport-related, musculoskeletal injuries than college and professional athletes.
In addition, "the professional athletes polled in our study were statistically less likely to promote or encourage early sports specialization," said study author Michael G. Ciccotti, MD, chief of sports medicine at the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia, and professor of orthopaedic surgery and director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University. Only 22 percent of professional athletes said they want their own child to specialize in a single sport during childhood or adolescence, and only 62 percent believe early sports specialization aids in performance.
Among the other study highlights:
"This data challenges the notion that success at an elite level requires athletes to specialize in one sport at a very young age," said Dr. Ciccotti. "And while the link between early specialization and injury has yet to be clearly defined, our data may have important implications with respect to injury prevention in youth athletes."
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