- Posted on Oct 11, 2017
We’ve noticed many more over-use injuries from kids who play the same sport year round. We were reminded that most professional athletes played multiple sports in high school and some even up through college. Specialization in a particular sport leads to more injuries, burnout, depression, and anxiety. If you feel that sports rule your child’s life, remember this good rule of thumb: for high school kids, keep training under 16 hours a week. For the younger kids, keep the total number of hours per week playing organized sports under an hour per week for each year of age. For example, an 8 year old should spend no more than 8 hours per week playing organized sports.
Sarah Caudle, PA-C