Recreation and Sport Studies

Studying, Experiencing and Facilitating Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport through Wellness and Physical Activity

Early Sport Specialization

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As a RSS student, an article I would recommend reading is:

Ferguson, B., & Stern, P. J. (2014). A case of early sports specialization in an adolescent athlete. Journal Of The Canadian Chiropractic Association, 58(4), 377-383

I believe this topic is relevant to RSS graduates because early sport specialization has stifling effects on Canadian youth’s athletic versatility. In many cases, youth are coerced into specializing in one sport from a young age. From hockey to basketball to soccer, children find themselves participating in one or the other rather than all. In a country where the number for athletic youths has been growing for the past 25 years, sport specialization has continued to permeate the throughout Canadian culture. Ferguson and Stern’s article A Case of Early Sports Specialization in an Adolescent Athlete explores the dangers of sport specialization, culminating in damaging physical and psychological repercussions. In turn, the article suggests (as do I) that giving children the opportunity to play a variety of sports and then letting them choose their favorite would produce a healthier group of athletes in Canada.

Ferguson, B., & Stern, P. J. (2014). A case of early sports specialization in an adolescent athlete. Journal Of The Canadian Chiropractic Association, 58(4), 377-383.

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