Make sure kids take one season off each year

The 10,000-hour rule has become synonymous with achieving elite mastery. Many parents and coaches think that kids training long hours each week will help them get ahead of their peers and become an elite athlete.

Along those lines, should kids then play one sport year round with no break?

Rather than kids playing only one sport starting at a young age, I prefer that they play a variety of sports. Not only can it develop athletic skills that they won’t get just playing one sport, but it can be fun.Kids holding balls

At a certain point, young athletes will ultimately pick one sport and focus intensely on it. They should still not play all year with no break.

In this video, I explain the risks of playing one sport all year. I offer an alternative that can help prevent injuries and possibly burnout as well.

Why do you think more and more kids are playing one sport year round? And what can we do to encourage kids to take several months off each year?

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