Why Does Specialized Training Get a Bad Rap?

In a New York Times op-ed last week, author David Epstein presented a case against specialization in youth sports. He cited several studies showing that early specialization appears to have detrimental effects on athlete development.


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  1. Mark Connolly
    Mark Connolly says:

    My son is 6 and looks very similar to the picture above of a kid that Dad is coaching with the Orbitron. The good folks at Amateur Track and Field sent me one so now all I’m missing is Dad. I’m in trouble without his guidance, but maybe with the verbalizing of his name? How do I get this kid to put down the mind craft videos and other common games today’s kids play, and start improvising with this thing? First I’ve got to find the sand filled rope hammer and then get his a$$ around someone who knows how to throw the weight. Meanwhile I’ll watch the killer clips on this site and see if I can get a clue.

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