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3/16/17 03:50PM
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Single sport focus before age 12 poses injury risk in young athletes

A study conducted by Emory Sports Medicine physician Neeru Jayanthi, MD, recommends that young athletes should not specialize in sports before age 12 to avoid injury.

A study conducted by Emory Sports Medicine physician Neeru Jayanthi, MD, recommends that young athletes should not specialize in sports before age 12, train more hours per week then their age, and should limit training to less than 16 hours per week to avoid injury.

Jayanthi and team evaluated the risks of sports specialized training patterns in nearly 1,200 athletes over the course of three years. They discovered injured athletes had a mean age of specialization below 12 years old, while those who were not injured specialized at a mean age greater than 12 years old.

Investigators also found that on average injured young athletes played more year-round sports, participated in more weekly hours of organized sports, and also maintained a higher degree of specialization over the three-year study period.

Complete findings from the study are available in the March 16 edition of the British Journal of …

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