The American Academy of Pediatrics has come out to say that if young athletes focus on one sport and play/train for that sport year-round, it can actually increase the risk of injury as well as burnout. While the ultimate goal of youth sports is to have fun, sometimes parental pressure to be successful at a given sport can go overboard and have a negative impact where athlete’s risk injury. The AAP also mentioned that if a child plays multiple sports until at least puberty, the chances of negative consequences such as injuries are greatly diminished.
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