How Do I Balance My WHY with the Demands of the Youth Sports Culture? + MORE

How Do I Balance My WHY with the Demands of the Youth Sports Culture? + MORE
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On this Sunday morning’s WFAN show, I wanted to talk about an inner-city youth baseball program that has been around for such a long time that even I played against the Brooklyn Bonnies more than 35 years ago when I was playing with the New Rochelle Robins. And just a few weeks ago, my son Joh.... More »

Atlanta Falcons Fan Guide, Schedule, Traditions + MORE

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How Do I Balance My WHY with the Demands of the Youth Sports Culture? + MORE

“This season was a disaster.” A former colleague of mine said to me recently. “We had a ton of fun, the kids learned a lot of new skills and gelled as a team, but we didn’t win as many games as last season.” “Fun and learning are the two primary things we always wanted out The post How D.... More »
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Women and Fantasy Football Leagues + MORE

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nfl flag football tournament 1533122207 432019445 How Do I Balance My WHY with the Demands of the Youth Sports Culture? + MOREBy Dev K. Mishra, M.D.
President, Sideline Sports Doc
Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University
Key Points:

A recently published study indicates that children from higher socioeconomic status (SES) households are more likely to sustain overuse injuries than children from lower SES households
The authors found that the higher SES children were more likely to have single sport specialization, participated in more hours per week and months per year in that sport, and were less involved in unstructured free play

There are a number of factors that appear to be correlated with an increased risk of youth sports overuse injuries:

Single sport specialization prior to the age of 14
Playing that single sport more than eight months out of the year
Practicing and playing a combined number of hours per week more than your age in years

Conversely it appears that free unstructured play rather than organized sport lowers a child’s risk of overuse injury…

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“This season was a disaster.” A former colleague of mine said to me recently. “We had a ton of fun, the kids learned a lot of new skills and gelled as a team, but we didn’t win as many games as last season.” “Fun and learning are the two primary things we always wanted out
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