Specialized Training in Young Athletes Linked to Serious Overuse Injuries

Press Release: Intense, Specialized Training in Young Athletes Linked to Serious Overuse Injuries Quote: Young athletes who specialize in one sport and train intensively have a significantly higher risk of stress fractures and other severe overuse injuries, even when compared with other injured athletes, according to the largest clinical study of its kind. For example, young athletes who spent more hours per week than their age playing one sport – such as a 12-year-old who plays tennis 13 or more hours a week – were 70 percent more likely to experience serious overuse injuries than other injuries.

Press Release: Intense, Specialized Training in Young Athletes Linked to Serious Overuse Injuries Quote: Young athletes who specialize in one sport and train intensively have a significantly higher risk of stress fractures and other severe overuse injuries, even when compared with other injured athletes, according to the largest clinical study of its kind. For example, young athletes who spent more hours per week than their age playing one sport – such as a 12-year-old who plays tennis 13 or more hours a week – were 70 percent more likely to experience serious overuse injuries than other injuries.

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Specialized Training in Young Athletes Linked to Serious Overuse Injuries