In recognition of April as National Youth Sports Safety Month, MomsTeam asked 30 experts two years ago to write a blog 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. Because the project was a huge success, and because the blogs are timeless (and, as the saying goes, if you haven't seen them before, they are, well, new to you), we are reprising many of them this month.
Today, we hear again from sociologist Hilary Levey Friedman.
By Hilary Levey Friedman
Forming sports teams by size, rather than age or grade, may not only reduce the advantage kids born earlier in the year have over younger teammates (the relative age effect), but the number of injuries.