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FAMILY: Youth Sports Burnout

By asoglin
Tuesday, July 31st, 2007 at 11:13 am in Kids & Tweens, Teens.

Team Year-round basketball? Swimming seven days a week, month after month? Your kid may be courting an overuse injury, says the American Academy of Pediatrics. Basically, it’s a repetitive stress injury gone bad, and kids are particularly susceptible because their growing bones cannot handle as much stress as adult bones. Young athletes should limit single sport training to no more than five days a week, and take at least one day to just relax, says the AAP. So, if you run five days a week and want to swim on the sixth, that’s fine, but on the seventh day, thou shalt make like a couch potato. And kids who do a single sport year round need to take two or three months off per year. The focus should be on lifelong fitness and fun, docs say, not breeding Olympians. (Reality is, less than 1 percent of high school athletes break into professional sports.) For more information on preventing sports injuries, click here.
Jackie Burrell

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