Intense, specialized training in young athletes linked to serious overuse injuries - Medical Xpress

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POSTED: Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 11:51am

UPDATED: Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 12:51pm

Specializing in one sport starting at young age significantly increases the risk for overuse injuries.

For three years researchers at Loyola University followed twelve hundred young athletes between the ages of eight and eighteen. They found those who spent more hours than their age playing one sport were seventy percent more likely to experience an overuse injury -- like a stress fracture.

Those who spent twice as much time playing an organized sport than free play were also more likely to be injured.

The researches recommended young athletes take at least one day off a week from training in sports, and not play sports year round.

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