July 23rd, 2012

Teen Athletes in Overdrive Find Bodies Can’t Keep Up

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It's a familiar, grueling physical toll to young athletes swept up in a sports culture that's demanding specialization and year-round commitment at earlier-than-ever ages…Overcommitment doesn't always mean success, though. Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center athletic trainer Dan Christoffer said it can often produce the opposite result. "If they start developing injuries in youth ball, by the time they get to high school they're not going to be effective at all and will have chronic ... injuries," Christoffer said. "It is becoming a lot more of an issue. A lot of these kids are singling out one sport."

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