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GD Myer, N Jayanthi, JP DiFiori, AD Faigenbaum, AW Kiefer, D Logerstedt and LJ Micheli
Abstract
Many coaches, parents, and children believe that the best way to develop elite athletes is for them to participate in only 1 sport from an early age and to play it year-round. However, emerging evidence to the contrary indicates that efforts to specialize in 1 sport may reduce opportunities for all children to participate in a diverse year-round sports season and can lead to lost development of lifetime sports skills. Early sports specialization may also reduce motor skill development and ongoing participation in games and sports as a lifestyle choice. The purpose of this review is to employ the current literature to provide evidence-based alternative strategies that may help to optimize opportunities for all aspiring young athletes to maximize their health, fitness, and sports performance.
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Alternative medicine, Human development, Learning, Lifestyle, Alternative lifestyle, Philosophy of life, Personal life, Motor skill
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