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 mulitple sports or because the best
athletes choose not to specialize early is unclear.
Four-time Olympic medalist Angela Ruggiero says she owes everything to
her parents, whose support, not just in making sure she got all the
equipment she needed and to practice but ate the right kind of food, was
a key to her athletic success.
One way parents and coaches can help a child realize their full
athletic potential, says four-time Olympic medalist Angela Ruggiero, is to
explain what they may be able to achieve by setting goals and working