4 Reasons Kids Should Play Multiple Sports
In today’s culture of sports, children and pressured by parents and coaches to only focus on one sport. The adults fear getting behind the competition and think total focus to a single sport will give their kid the advantage. Although well intended, this advice could not be more harmful. Here are four reasons why kids should expand their athletic involvement. If this is helpful, please share!
1. Injury Prevention
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends playing multiple sports until the age of 10. When a person moves their body in the same way constantly, the body begins to weaken and breakdown. Each sport has a unique style of movement. By playing only one sport year round and repeating the same movements, the chances for injury drastically increases.
2. Improved Strength
According to multiple sources like UTSW Medicine, playing multiple sports increases strength and agility. This happens because the muscles, that are developing, are challenged in different ways. The strengthening process becomes 360 degrees and improves explosiveness. This is why NFL players do Yoga and the Duke Men’s basketball team plays volleyball sometimes for practice time!
3. Develops Love and Passion
When a kid is forced to only play one sport, they never know for themselves how dear it is to them. By allowing and encouraging participation in a variety of sports, athletes can internally discover their love and loyalty to their favorite sport.
4. The Greatest Players Did It!
Michael Jordan, you may have heard of him, said that baseball may have been his favorite sport. That’s why he returned to it after the death of his father. LeBron James was an excellent wide receiver and played football even in high school before he signed his $90 million deal with Nike Basketball. And my personal favorite player, Allen Iverson said, “I was always a football player who happened to play in the NBA.”