John Smoltz calls out domineering travel-baseball culture at end of Hall of Fame acceptance speech

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John Smoltz calls out domineering travel-baseball culture at end of Hall of Fame acceptance speech

I read an article on Facebook the other day that left me thinking. In the article a Hall of Famer offers great advice regarding the rise of Tommy John surgeries and how playing multiple sports is a better way to go rather than specializing.

Personally, I believe participating in multiple sports is better for the player because:

1) “In a study of 1200 youth athletes, Dr Neeru Jayanthi of Loyola University found that early specialization in a single sport is one of the strongest predictors of injury. Athletes in the study who specialized were 70% to 93% more likely to be injured than children who played multiple sports!”  Source listed:

2) Participating in a single sport may develop the skills required for that sport but does not necessarily develop a better athlete. 

3) Kids who specialize at an early age may burn out or get tired of the sport.

4) Athletes may suffer from overuse injuries when specializing at an early age. 

5) Different sports work different muscles, and playing multiple sports actually helps your child become a better athlete.

6) High school and college coaches like multi-sport players; it shows dedication and commitment. These players may be offered scholarships for a variety of sports. Unlike the athlete who chose to specialize and his options are limited.

So if you are looking to positively impact your child’s development, go multi-sports, structured and unstructured activities while he/she is young. Let him learn the fundamentals and develop an athlete before focusing on specializing.  

Would love to hear what you think about the article. 

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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