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MISCELLANEOUS—Sportsspecializationcan berisky: Mark Beckman was the Executive Director of theMontanaHighSchoolAssociationandBobGardner the Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations. Six years ago they co-wrote a guest perspective piece about how sport specialization can be a risky adventure, meaning playing multiple sports may lead to fewer injuries.
The story they co-wrote follows: One of the responsibilities that parents take most seriously is protecting their children from injury, whether it is buckling seat belts in a car or wearing a helmet while riding a bike.
And when their kids become teenagers and want to participate in sports or other activities, parents do everything they can to keep their sons and daughters from getting hurt. But not all injuries are created by a twist, fall, collision or accident. Many are created when young athletes repeat the same athletic activity so often that muscles, ...