Early Specialization and Injury: What We Know
Early overspecialization, a focus on only one sport before adolescence, may help young athletes perform better at an early age, but is generally harmful to their long-term development. One particular area of concern is overuse injury, which may become chronic and career-ending injury, related to increased training and competition in adolescence and pre-adolescence. Research supports “integrative” training in multiple sports and activities, and use of “neuromuscular warm-up” in programs to reduce the incidence of overuse and chronic injury. This webinar, presented by Dr. Nota Klentrou and other experts to be announced, examines the problem and makes evidence-based recommendations for protecting young athletes. The webinar will be available in English only.