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THIS IS AN EXCERPT FROM LONG-TERM ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT BY ISTVAN BALYI,RICHARD WAY & COLIN HIGGS. Specialization Defined Hill (as cited in Hill & Simons, 1989) described specialization as athletes limiting participation to a single sport, which they train for and compete in on a year-round basis. Baker, Cobley, and Fraser-Thomas (2009) used four para­meters to define early…

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THIS IS AN EXCERPT FROM LONG-TERM ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT BY ISTVAN BALYI,RICHARD WAY & COLIN HIGGS. To implement the LTAD model, people must fully understand the seven stages. Administrators, coaches, and parents should also remember that moving from one stage to another is based on the athlete’s development and not just chronological age; however, chronological age can be…

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Early and Late Bloomers in Youth Sports: Lessons for Parents

Some children are early bloomers who enjoy success in sports because they develop faster, not because they have more raw athletic talent.  Some children – even if they appear to only be average athletes or lag behind his peers – may be late bloomers whose athletic talent will only become apparent later when they are…

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U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches of the Year

USTFCCCA Awards By Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA July 9, 2018 2018 USTFCCCA High School T&F Coaches of the Year (State-By-State Winners) NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the state-by-state winners of its fifth annual High School Coach of the Year award for track & field on Monday. One boys…

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Coach D Receives National Recognition

Earlier this winter, the National Federation of State High School Associations recently named Kids Elite founder, Desmond Dunham, as the DC Coach of the Year for Boys Outdoor Track & Field for the 2016-2017 school year. Coach Dunham was selected as the 2016-2017 Mideast Sectional Coach of the Year for Girls’ Outdoor Track & Field,…

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Sport specialization increases injury risk for high school athletes, study finds | Sport specialization increases injury risk

By Jacob Bogage January 25 at 3:13 PM McKinley Tech sprinter Denzell Brown, second from right, was hampered by stress-related injuries during the spring season. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post) High school athletes who specialize in a single sport are 70 percent more likely to suffer an injury during their playing season than those who play…

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What Single-Sport Specialization Really Means and Why You Should Care | sport specialization risks harm

There’s lots of talk lately about the problems that can result from kids specializing in one sport or one physical activity too early. These can include burnout, overuse injuries, mental and emotional fatigue, dropout from activity, and more. And there’s really no question—we know that specializing too early is a bad idea. Soccer PlayersBut what…

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