• Risks of Youth Sports Specialization

    May 6, 2016: Playing sports as a kid likely used to mean there was a good chance you played several sports. Maybe soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter, and track and field in the spring.

    However, today, many kids aren’t so diversified. At a fairly young age many kids now pick just 1 sport and stick with it almost all year long.

    The potential upside is obvious: more focused time increases a child’s experience, which can accelerate their progress. But there are potential downsides, too – some physical, some social, and some behavioral.

    In this episode of Move Forward Radio, Megan Moran, PT, DPT, SCS, discusses those risks.

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    Megan Moran, PT, DPT, SCS, is the clinic director at MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network - Marymount in Arlington, Virginia, and a faculty member of MedStar’s Sports Residency Program. A board-certified clinical specialist in sports physical therapy (SCS), she has more than 7 years of experience treating athletes of all levels, including professional athletes, collegiate All-American athletes, and All-State performers. In addition to her dedication to sports medicine and personalized patient care, Moran is currently adjunct instructor at Marymount University.