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Why Early Sport Specialization Ends in Career-Ending Injury for Most Kids

Men’s Journal reports early sport specialization, or exclusively playing one sport starting at a young age, is linked to a higher risk of injury, developmental problems. As young bodies are still developing, repeated motions specific to a sport can create issues, and rob kids of the opportunity to become an elite player. 

Men’s Journal spoke to Jordan D. Metzl, primary care sports medicine physician at HSS, who explained there is a small subset of kids for whom specialization is beneficial, however. For performance vocations like ballet, gymnastics, and figure skating, not specializing is a competitive disadvantage. “The key is honestly determining whether your kid is really good or truly exceptional,” said Dr. Metzl.

Read the article at Mensjournal.com.