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SmartTeams™ Talk: Dr. Neeru Jayanthi Explores The Myths And Dangers Of Sports Specialization

In a wide-ranging and powerful SmartTeamsTM Talk, Loyola of Chicago's Dr. Neeru Jayanthi asks sports parents, organizations, and medical professionals to just "let kids be kids," warns parents "not to drink the Kool-Aid" on the perceived benefits of early specialization, says we need to pay attention to the data establishing a strong dose-related link between specialization and serious overuse injuries such as stress fractures that keep an athlete out of sports for a month or more, and suggests two simple rules for youth sports: that kids (1) not play more hours per week in sport than their age; and (2) devote no more than twice the time playing organized sports than spent in free, unstructured play.   

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