30 Oct '13, 11am

For any of those that think early specialisation is needed great article by @Scienceofsport

For any of those that think early specialisation is needed great article by @Scienceofsport

Some children do train harder when very young – this may be due to parental influence as described previously, or it may be because the child enjoys the sport at a young age (between 9 and 15, that is – you can go younger, but then there are other issues I won’t go into here). Whether it is parental or self-motivation does not matter too much at this stage The children who train LESS at this age, and who the data suggest will go on to be elite athletes, are not necessarily the ones who are more “balanced” or diversified, but rather the ones who have a better aptitude for sport in general and thus don’t NEED TO TRAIN as hard in a specific sport in order to achieve their goals at these young ages. They often get drawn into many other sports, precisely because of some innate ability, and the result is less training in what will ultimately become their selected sport In other ...

Full article: http://www.sportsscientists.com/2011/04/specialization-tr...

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