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ERIC Number: EJ914297
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0730-3084
Early Specialization in Youth Sport: A Biomechanical Perspective
Mattson, Jeffrey M.; Richards, Jim
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD), v81 n8 p26-28, 39 Oct 2010
This article examines, from a biomechanical perspective, three issues related to early specialization: overuse injuries, the developmental aspects, and the performance aspects. It concludes that "there is no evidence that early specialization causes overuse injuries or hinders growth and maturation." At the same time, early specialization has "clear performance benefits" in some sports where a specific physique is favorable, such as figure-skating.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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