According to a study conducted by the National Federation of High School Associations, high school athletes that specialize in a single sport are at an elevated risk of seventy percent to suffer from an injury. One sample of Data gathered of 1,544 wide ranging athletes at the University of Wisconsin, exhibited that specializing in a specific sport significantly increases the number of injuries. Majority of student athletes reported that they specialized in one sport, the most common being Soccer with muscle and ligament strains effecting the ankle and knee as the most frequent types of injury. Competing in the same sport all year round requires your body to target a select group muscles, ligaments and bones leading to added stress on the body from excessive repetition of these movements. Most athletes feel an overwhelming sense of pressure when it comes to winning against their competator and performing to the best of their ability, but need to be aware that it is healthy to take a day off. It is suggested to engage in numerous sports at different times and seasons. Remember, when your body speaks, listen to it and change up your routine.
This article was recommended by Peak Performance Athletic Trainer for Hewlett High School, Melanie Gordon.