Why was this Page Created?

This page was created in an effort to inform coaches, athletes and parents of the dangers and disadvantages of sports specialization. Please feel free to look around and learn about sports specialization.

 

The tabs at the top of the page will help you navigate to different pages of this website. Each page was created specifically with each group in mind. Also, feel free to post your thoughts on our blog page. Thank you and enjoy!

 

-Bryant Michaelson

Site Creator and Author

What is Sports Specialization?
What is Sports Specialization?

Sports specialization is the idea that focusing and playing one sport year-round, exclusively, will give athletes a competitive advantage over their competition (Hong 2014). Image by Bellingham Herald 2011

Does Playing Multiple Sports Help?
Does Playing Multiple Sports Help?

A survey done in 2014 found that out of 128 NFL quarterbacks surveyed, 122- 95%- played at least two sports in high school and 70% played three or more sports in high school (Seifert 2015). Image by Michelle Blackburn on Meridian Football.com

Should Athletes Specialize?
Should Athletes Specialize?

There are many negatives about participating in a single sport year-round. These negatives include increased levels of overuse injuries and high levels of athlete burnout. Both lead to athletes walking away from sports at an early age (Dyer 2015). Image by Alex Dye

What is Sports Specialization?
What is Sports Specialization?

Sports specialization is the idea that focusing and playing one sport year-round, exclusively, will give athletes a competitive advantage over their competition (Hong 2014). Image by Bellingham Herald 2011

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US Women's National Soccer Team Multi-Sport Athletes

Abby Wambach

- Played soccer and basketball in high school

Morgan Brian 

- Played soccer and basketball in high school.

Amy Rodriguez

- Played Soccer, swam, played softball and ran track.

Lauren Holiday

- Played soccer, ran track, played basketball and baseball.

Whitney Engen

- Played soccer, gymnastics, tennis, baseball, softball, swimming and volleyball (Rogers 2015).