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Michael Goldenberg: Year-Round Play And Pressure To Play In Pain Lead To Overuse Injuries

In recognition of April as National Youth Sports Safety Month, MomsTeam is again asking our friends in the medical, health, fitness, nutrition and athletic training communities to write blogs answering two questions: first, how or why did they get into their field, and second, how have they made a difference in the life of a youth athlete in the past year.  Michael Goldenberg Athletic Director Lawrenceville School

Today, we hear from Michael Goldenberg, Athletic Director of and Athletic Trainer at the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

By Michael S. Goldenberg, MS, ATC 

A longtime athletic trainer at one of the nation's leading prep schools attributes the epidemic of overuse injuries in high school sports to early specialization, the intense pressure kids are under in today's youth sports to continue playing in pain, and the lack of proper medical care at the pre-high school level.

Kids Who Delay Sports Specialization More Coordinated and Physically Fit, Study Finds

Boys participating in more than one sport before age 12 are more physically fit and have better gross motor coordination than those who specialize in a single sport early, says a new study.  Whether the reason is because they play multiple sports or because the best athletes choose not to specialize early is unclear.

Starting Ice Hockey At Age 10: Too Late To Reach Olympics?

 

Four-time Olympic women's ice hockey medalist Angela Ruggiero says that starting ice hockey at age 10 is not too late to become an Olympian; that some of her Olympic teammates, in fact, didn't start until age 12 or 13.  What she reminds parents is that their child will only achieve athletic success if they love their sport, so it is critical to find one they love to play.

Don't Specialize In Single Sport Too Early, Advises Trainer Mike Boyle

Most of the elite athletes he has worked with, says strength and conditioning guru Mike Boyle, did not specialize too early or play a single sport all year long, but took time off from sports or played lots of different sports. 

Preventing Overuse Injuries in Youth Athletes

Overuse injuries account for fifty percent of all youth sports injuries, but half are preventable, says the National Athletic Trainers' Association in a new position statement.

Early Sports Specialization Can Interfere With Healthy Child Development, Lead to Social Isolation

One of the reasons against early specialization often overlooked by parents is that the year-round commitment and extensive travel it often requires can become so consuming that childhood essentially disappears, interfering with normal child development.

Three Stages of Athletic Development: Sampling, Specializing, Investment

There are three main phases of development for the youth athlete: Phase One (Exploration), Phase Two (Commitment) and Phase Three (Proficiency). While the developmental stages are issues for the entire family, some fundamental principles apply, regardless of phase.

Dark Side of Youth Sports

Sports psychologist Shane Murphy identifies six major problems in youth
sports that need to be addressed.

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