Episode 84: What are the potential risks of early single-sport specialization for young athletes?

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In the Zone
What is single-sport specialization? How could it affect, positively or negatively, the careers of young athletes? (starts at 4:22)

That’s Gotta Hurt
Johan Santana – New York Mets pitcher (starts at 19:40)
Metta World Peace – Los Angeles Lakers forward (starts at 25:15)
Marc Gasol – Memphis Grizzlies center (starts at 28:58)
Danny Granger – Indiana Pacers forward(starts at 31:19)
Denny Hamlin – NASCAR driver (starts at 33:55)

Ask Dr. Geier
Did age play any role in my second ACL injury playing soccer? (starts at 38:14)
Is the opposite knee’s patellar tendon an acceptable graft for revision ACL surgery? When is it safe to bear weight? (starts at 43:15)
Why did surgery not relieve my pain from chronic exertional compartment syndrome? (starts at 47:20)
How and when are knee immobilizers best used after sports injuries? (starts at 49:46)

Fan Favorites and Trash Talkers
Comments from listeners on the show and our previous discussions (starts at 53:20)

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