Q: My daughter is in 7th grade and plays soccer and basketball, swims, and runs track. One of our friends has suggested that she just focus only on soccer and not waste her time playing these other sports, as it will help her get the edge and might even lead to a college scholarship. Should she specialize in one sport?
A: Welcome to the world of youth sports in the new millennium. More and more children are specializing in one single sport and training year round in the hopes of gaining a competitive edge. In fact, many people feel that the notion of an all-around athlete is dying. The question of early sport specialization and year round training is a controversial one.
The question of Sport Specialization answered by Dr. Dan Gould of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State University.
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