Does youth sports specialization lead to more injuries?
USA Today - 09/21/2016
Even the club and travel organizations that preach the importance of a year-round commitment acknowledge the issue.
“Specialization is causing an injury rate that never occurred when people played three sports and used different muscle groups,” said Dan Lebowitz, executive director of the Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University. “And the demands in terms of coaches wanting a year-round commitment is crazy, so the whole mindset has changed.”
Remember tennis elbow?
A repetitive motion injury can be anything from shoulder tendonitis in a pitcher to a stress fracture in a runner. Some of the resulting issues can be season-ending.