All of the stress and repeated movement patterns built up in his body until he eventually needed surgery on his arm.
This happens more often than we’d like to admit.
And it’s puzzling that it happens over and over again because the science shows that specialization can be debilitating for a young athlete.
Especially later in their career.
In a 2018 study on first round NBA First Round Draft Pick injury rates from 2008-2015, researchers found that draft picks who were single sport athletes in high school were nearly two times more likely to sustain a MAJOR injury than draft picks who were multi-sport athletes in high school.
That same study found that the Draft Picks who were single sport athletes in high school were more than THREE TIMES more likely to end their career early than Draft Picks who were multi sport athletes in high school.
Another study on the 2018 NFL Draft Class found that 88% of the picks were multi-sport athletes in high school.
And finally, a 2016 study on MLB players found that early specialization in MLB players was associated with higher rates of arm and shoulder injuries AND fewer games played in the MLB.
Early specialization can put your child at a massive disadvantage
It could lead to injury...
Overdoing it could lead to burnout and a loss of love for whatever sport they’re playing.