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From the New York Times: How to Avoid Burnout in Youth Sports
I think we can all agree that “burnout” is a problem we’d like our kids to avoid in youth sports, but at times we unknowingly raise our kids chances of burning out. So I commend Jane Brody of the New York Times for sharing some very tangible observations and ways we can avoid burnout. The highlights:
Encourage more “free play”, where kids organize themselves and enjoy their favorite game without the presence and pressure of parents, coaches and trainers.
Youth athletes who specialize in one sport are at substantially higher risk of burnout and injury since their young bones don’t have enough time to heal properly.
45% of surveyed college athletes played more than one sport up to age 16, which helped them build whole-body skills like balance, quickness and core strength.
57% of surveyed parents hope their children would play in college or professionally (WHAT!)
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