Young Children & Competitive Sports

Here’s a very interesting short article, highlighting academic research from the US that suggests that when children are getting too into a team sport too early it can actually be detrimental: Article

I was particularly interested by the suggestion that a child ideally shouldn’t be focusing on a single sport until age 15. My instinct had always suggested ‘not before age 11’ to me.

The article also contained an interesting point about how much actual exercise some children are really getting when they are part of a team sport, that may actually still leave them unfit.

Much to think about.


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