PODCAST: The Ins and Outs of Early Sports Specialization on Now We’re Talking Darien

Early sports specialization isn’t always a good thing for young athletes.

As a life-long athlete, I was able to get involved with lacrosse at an early age. Lacrosse has always been one of my biggest passions, and I am very lucky to have found a sport that I love so much, and have never burned out on. I specialized in lacrosse, and although I have no regrets I will say that I have seen potential negative effects of early sports specialization on young athletes.

Early sports specialization is when a parent encourages their child to specialize in a sport at a very young age. This can be great for raising athletes and healthy children, but focusing on one sport and encouraging competitive habits in children can become problematic.

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Early sports specialization can cause a lot of issues, from burn out, to travel issues, and injuries from over-use.

I recently discussed this topic on the Now We’re Talking Darien podcast. Listen HERE:

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HSS Orthopaedic surgeon in sports medicine | Mother of 4 amazing children | Team physician for USA Women's Lacrosse | ACL injury expert

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