Expert: Kids Should Play More Than One Sport

As a former Division I athlete, I understand full well the toll athletics can put on the body, but I also know there are ways to minimize the risk of injury by taking proper care of your body.

This proper care involves diversifying the strain on the muscles and joints (i.e. playing multiple sports), as well as proper strength and flexibility training once a child is old enough. I would not recommend a strength and conditioning program for anyone younger than 12 years old and a very cautious program during early teenage years.
 
Starting an aggressive strengthening program too young can be dangerous for the growing body and result in lasting effects.

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Source: The Sentinel.