Sports Specialization and Intensive Training in Young Athletes
Brenner JS; Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness. Pediatrics. 2016 Aug 29. pii: e20162148. [Epub ahead of print]
“This clinical report replaces a previous American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement entitled ‘Intensive Training and Sports Specialization in Young Athletes’ and is complementary to the AAP clinical report ‘Overuse Injuries, Overtraining, and Burnout in Child and Adolescent Athletes.’ This report reviews the epidemiology of youth sports and the background of specialization, highlights specific physiologic concerns with intensive training, answers specific questions pertaining to sports specialization in athletes <18 years, and offers guidance for pediatricians to help their young athlete patients and their parents.” The document concludes with 9 points of guidance for an athlete, parent, or coach.