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Tony Gonzalez KC Chiefs
August 7, 2019

NFL Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez pushes multisport participation

Former NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez credits multiple sports with his development as a young football star, and he wants today's athletes to follow his lead. Gonzalez spoke Saturday during the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Canton, ...


August 1, 2019

Wis. school district passes rule against dual-sport athletes

A Wisconsin school district passed a new rule this week that prevents athletes from playing more than one sport in a single season. School board members debated the issue Monday before it passed by a 4-3 vote. Those who stood against the proposal ...


July 25, 2019

Drew Brees tells kids ‘play as many sports as you can’

Becoming an NFL quarterback required more than just playing football as a young athlete. That was Drew Brees's message to youth football players last week in southern California. The 12-time Pro Bowler was helping to kick off his Football ‘N’ ...


January 21, 2019

Patriots players talk benefits of playing multiple sports

We write often about the benefits of playing a variety of sports. Numerous studies favor multisport participation for physical and mental health, yet some young athletes still believe specialization provides the best path toward a college scholarship...


June 19, 2018

2018 Coaches Report: Fighting sport specialization

For seven years, Coach & Athletic Director has published a report examining high school sports through the eyes of the athletic director. The success of our annual State of the Industry survey, and the insight it has provided athletic administrat...


May 10, 2018

Sport specialization: Risks, benefits and how coaches can guide athletes

Sport specialization has become a hot topic. At a time when professional athletes are idolized and college scholarships are coveted, some consider it the best way to gain proficiency in a single sport. All coaches should understand the benefits, r...


February 12, 2018

Poll: 93% of coaches disagree with specialization

Sport specialization is a major issue in youth and high school sports. Some believe it's the most reliable path to a college scholarship, while others say it leads to burnout and injuries. In Coach & Athletic Director's latest poll, we asked r...


November 8, 2017

Study: Specialization increases risk of serious injury

Year-round specialization does not improve an athletes chances of playing professionally. Instead, according to a new study, it increases the risk of serious injury. The latest report confirms what dozens of studies have already concluded in recen...