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Early Specialization vs. Diversification
Transcript of Early Specialization vs. Diversification
70% of kids 13 years of age and younger drop out of organized sports
Disproportion in the amount of injuries
Injuries in young athletes that used to be exclusive to college and professional athletes Why We Diversify? Dangers of Early Specialization More fun engaging in athletics
Tend to develop a more positive attitude
Improved leadership qualities, mental status, and athletic ability
Cope better with losing and stress of competitive sports University of Northern Iowa References Suggestions Statistics Baker, J., Cobley, S., & Fraser-Thomas, J. (2009). What do we know about early specialization? Not much! High Ability Studies, 20 (1), 77-89.
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Waldron, J. J., & Chariton, C. L. (in press). Burnout. In D. Levinson & K. Christensen (Eds.), Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport. Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing. Thank you for watching! The purpose of this presentation is to.... 80% of athletes in a university study were H.S. multisport athletes
23 years old - Avg. age of 2008 Summer Olympic team
10,000 hours of practice needed for expertise Decreased overall athletic ability
Excessive stress levels