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Youth sport specialization awareness week advocates for athlete health, safety


October 21, 2022

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The National Athletic Trainers’ Association hosts youth sport specialization awareness week from Oct. 17-21. To celebrate, Healio Orthopedics highlights the impact of early sport specialization on young athletes’ mental and physical health.

National Athletic Trainers’ Association hosts youth sport specialization awareness week

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association outlined the risks of early sport specialization and offered guidelines for those involved in youth sports. Read more.



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The perils of early sports specialization: A case report

This case report from Mark E. Cinque, MD, MS; Christopher M. LaPrade, MD; and Robert F. LaPrade, MD, PhD, analyzes the detrimental effects of early sport specialization on an 11-year-old athlete. Read more.

Athlete competitiveness, characteristics predict level of sport specialization

Research showed athletes who display argumentative contrarian characteristics may be predisposed to lower levels of sport specialization, while athletes who enjoy competition may exhibit higher levels of specialization. Read more.

Teens’ mental health improves following return to sports

Reports of anxiety and depression decreased among student athletes who returned to sports following disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

ACL reconstruction with novel technique linked with 92% return to sport in some teenagers

ACL reconstruction done with a modified Lemaire lateral extra-articular tenodesis yielded high return to sport rates in young athletes, according to this research. Read more.

Sport specialization increased throwing-related arm injuries among youth baseball players

This research showed early sport specialization was associated with throwing-related arm injuries in a small cohort of youth baseball players. Read more.