A child or adolescent athlete may suffer physical and/or emotional complications if participation in sports is excessive.
goal of sport
lifelong habits of healthy living
winning is everything
practice and participation
fun and interesting
dull, monotonous, boring
days off per week for nonsport activities or rest
1 to 2 days
breaks during the year from competitive sport
participation in sports
limit to no more than 1 per season
allow 2 or more sports per season
participation in multiple sports that emphasize the same body part
discouraged in favor of sports that balance physical demands
teaching how to train properly and to recognize when to slow down
monitoring for early signs of overtraining
• Early signs of overtraining (unexplained fatigue, vague physical complaints, lack of motivation).
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Specialty: Surgery, orthopedic