A New Way to Look at Early Specialization

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Big believer in training to be “athletic” as opposed to specializing in only one sport.


There is no denying the fight against early specialization is a losing battle. When college scholarships and big money are on the line, there is nothing that can be done to win the battle against money. But this rise in early-specialization does not have to spark a rise in sport-specific training for young athletes. In fact,as strength and conditioning coaches, we should use this rise in early specialization to develop athletes, not one-trick ponies. I believe this can be done by using a concept I learned about from Greg Robins, which is to view athlete’s training capabilities in the form of a diamond.


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The Author

Hi I'm Mercedes! Born in Cuba, raised in Chicago, and eventually migrated to the suburbs. I've been married to Marc for 18 years and currently enjoying being a mom to our 18 year old son Marc. I enjoy reading, blogging, dancing, singing in the shower, cooking, a good glass of wine, attempting to be crafty, photography, traveling, gardening, and spending time with my family and friends.

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