Mistakes parents make with young athletes- part 2- Hilliard Sports Complex

 

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By Jason Yun Early Specialization

Parents live through their children and wouldn’t it be absolutely awesome to see your child make it the professional ranks of their chosen sport and make hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars! That would be awesome! However, early specialization might not make that possible!

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Of course, it happens in less then 1% of all athletes who participate.

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I’m going to focus these next series of blog posts on the certain types of mistakes parents make. This will be a multiple part series. This is part 2.

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But the first and foremost mistake I want to bring to forefront is the mistake of early specialization.

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Now it depends on the sport but majority of children- 99% of them should not be one sport athletes before high school.

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It’s awesome that they are playing a sport, but if they are good at it, it’s not time to forget everything else and just focus on that.

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You have to take in consideration for a number of factors to consider with early specialization.

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First, is growth spurts… did your child hit a growth spurt first, and so they’re bigger, faster, stronger then the other kids and that’s what is making them look so much better then the other kids. What happens when the other kids hit theirs? I hit mine in 5th grade and dominated 5th and 6th grade basketball, middle school– not so much, and was done after 8th grade. Everybody thought I was going to be 6’4-6’7, I’m 5′ 10″.

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And the opposite might be true too, what if they haven’t hit a growth spurt or puberty. In most cases, coordination is going to go down as they learn how to adopt to the new changes and growth.

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Developing all around talent takes time. A 9-year old that is awesome in basketball, may not be so awesome when he is 15. It’s all about developing the complete athlete. And early specialization in one sport is not how to develop the all around athlete.

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Same drills, same movements over and over again can either be beneficial or can be detrimental. If the athlete is unmotivated, eventually the movements will get boring, they will become lazy, and they will ingrain a bad movement pattern into the central nervous system. This will translate into the games which will cause movement issues, posture issues, muscle imbalances and eventually injury.

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On the same token if the athlete is highly motivated, like an olympic athlete, then same drills, same movements over and over again will help to improve performance, because they have one goal- Olympic Gold. This type of athlete is also fully grown, in mind and body.

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The younger the child the more variety is needed.

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For more articles like this on early specialization please read: Why Kids Should Play More Then One Sport Part 1 | Part 2 | Baseball & Softball- How Much Is Too Much

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