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Early specialization: what’s the price, and should young athletes pay it?

Are there risks for early specialization in young athletes, and if so, is there a better developmental pathway? Andrew Hamilton explores the pros and cons of single-sport participation. Practice makes perfect – or so they say. However, can young athletes have too much of a good thing when it comes to youth sport? For busy student-athletes, specializing in a single sport to the exclusion of other sports or physical pastimes is simply a function o

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