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ERIC Number: EJ914298
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0730-3084
Impact of Early Sport Specialization: A Physiological Perspective
Kaleth, Anthony S.; Mikesky, Alan E.
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD), v81 n8 p29-32, 37 Oct 2010
This article addresses the question of whether early sport specialization provides a "physiological" advantage for future athletic success. It examines the limited literature related to the effects of early specialization on the body's organ systems: the endocrine system, the muscular system, the nervous system, and the cardiovascular system. The authors conclude, "Early specialization in sport has not been shown to enhance physiological systems more than diversified participation in physical activity and sport."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A