SmartTeams™ Talk: NCAA's Hainline Sees Overspecialization and Overuse Injuries As Signs of Broken Youth Sports Model

SmartTeams™ Talk: NCAA's Hainline Sees Overspecialization and Overuse Injuries As Signs of Broken Youth Sports Model
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Don’t Let An Injury Stop You From Exercising + MORE

By Dev Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: Being injured doesn’t always mean you need to completely stop all exercise or sport activity. Don’t be afraid to have a discussion with your doctor, physical th.... More »
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How Do Parental Expectations Hurt Young Athletes? + MORE

 How High Expectations Lead to Pressure in Young Athletes A recent NCAA poll of more than 21,000 current college athletes shed some interesting light on how pressured these athletes feel about making it big. The data, from NCAA’s GOALS Study of the Student-Athlete experience, and just reported in.... More »

For Athletes in Weight-Sensitive Sports: Food for Thought + MORE

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DANGERS OF CONCUSSIONS: How State Laws Are Mandating Adult Education on This Important Issue

A New Study on Adult-Education Mandates In State Concussion Laws By Doug Abrams  Between 2009 and 2014, amid heightened public awareness about the serious consequences of concussions suffered in youth sports, every state and the District of Columbia enacted laws designed to promote prevention and t.... More »
In a wide-ranging, provocative, and, at times, spiritual SmartTeams Talk, Brian Hainline, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, discusses two major NCAA-funded research studies on sport-related concussions and the organization’s efforts to address mental health issues among college athletes, and laments the consequences of the lack of free, unstructured play among youth in terms of physical illiteracy and obesity, and identifies the alarming trend toward sports specialization and the overuse injury epidemic as signs of a broken youth sports model…

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