Early Sport Specialization Part 4: 5 Strategies to Prevent Athlete Burnout

Athlete burnout from sport is becoming more prevalent alongside the increasing trend of early sport specialization in youth athletes. In this article, I offer 5 simple strategies to prevent athlete burnout.

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Early Sport Specialization Part 3: Injury Risk and Burnout

The importance of physical and psychosocial health in youth cannot be overstated. This article reviews how early sport specialization impacts these factors in youth athletes.

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Seven Postulates About Youth Sport Activities that Lead to Continued Participation and Elite Performance

6 Postulates about Youth Sport Activities that Lead to Continued Participation and Elite Performance

The referenced article can be viewed here.

In this study of 243 high-caliber Danish athletes, elite athletes acquired significantly less sport-specific practice hours before the age of 18 and specialize later in adolescence, compared with their near-elite counterparts.

Early Sport Specialization Part 2: Short-Term vs. Long-Term Athletic Success

Single sport specialization can be defined as intensive, year-round training in one sport to the exclusion of others [1]. Many young athletes, parents, and coaches believe that early single-sport specialization is necessary for long-term athletic success [2-6]. But, does the research agree with this notion?

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