Free community sessions focus on the dangers of sports specialization
Over the last 15 years, the youth sports culture has changed dramatically. Many parents feel pressure, or are required by sports leagues and coaches, to have their child participate year-round in a sport, but what most don’t realize is that sports specialization is hurting our kids.
“Kids who specialize in one sport account for more than 50% of overuse injuries in young athletes. We want sports to be a healthy and fun thing for kids of all ages, and children who specialize in a sport early are at a greater risk of burnout due to stress, decreased motivation, and lack of enjoyment,” explains JP Stowe, ATC, program manager, Northern Light Sports Health. “With March being National Athletic Training month, giving back to communities off the field is something Northern Light Sports Health is passionate about, and we’re happy to hold these info sessions for parents, coaches, and athletes,” JP adds.
Northern Light Sports Health will hold free community sessions to discuss growing trend and different aspects of sports specialization. The discussion from a sports medicine physician, athletic trainers, and track and field coach Dave Cusano from Colby College, will be the same for each session. Dates and times for the events are:
- March 5: 6 pm at Hampden Academy
- March 19: 6 pm at Bangor High School
Light appetizers will be served at each event. For more information or to register visit: northernlighthealth.org/sports