It seems the experts are changing their advice. After years of promoting the idea that young athletes should specialize in a single sport if they want to reach the top levels of success, new studies are touting the benefits of participating in several sports. In fact, many high schools are making an even bigger deal and giving more recognition to the multi-sports athletes.
Whether you are a proponent of young athletes specializing in one sport or you support the multi-sport approach, one common denominator is present: increased numbers of injuries. The fact that so many young people are spending 20 or more hours a week practicing, competing, and conditioning has lead to an epidemic of young athlete injuries. These injuries sometimes have lasting effects. Adults with more and more lingering pr