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...

August 31, 2017

Cubs manager Joe Maddon: Specialization is ‘obnoxious’

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon this week again voiced his displeasure with specialization, saying kids would gain more from having experience in a variety of sports. [caption id="attachment_24702" align="alignright" width="224"] Chicago Cubs mana...

July 28, 2017

Study: Specialized athletes suffer more lower-extremity injuries

A new study conducted by the University of Wisconsin has found that specialized athletes suffer more lower-extremity injuries than those who play multiple sports. The study, published last week by The American Journal of Sports Medicine, looked at...

July 17, 2017

Christian McCaffrey: Playing multiple sports is ‘worth it’

NFL running back Christian McCaffrey was a four-sport athlete in high school, something he believes was critical to his development as a pro football player. McCaffrey, who was taken by the Carolina Panthers with the eighth overall pick in this ye...

June 22, 2017

Former NFL QB Chad Pennington calls specialization a ‘disservice’

Add former NFL quarterback Chad Pennington to the growing list of professional athletes who are not a fan of sport specialization. [caption id="attachment_24172" align="alignright" width="265"] Former NFL quarterback Chad Pennington.[/caption] ...

May 2, 2017

Jordy Nelson: ‘Don’t specialize in one sport’

Green Bay Packers wideout Jordy Nelson wants kids to step away from the video games and take up multiple sports. [caption id="attachment_23893" align="alignright" width="246"] Green Bay Packers wideout Jordy Nelson. | Photo: Mike Morbeck[/caption]...

April 28, 2017

94% of NFL Draft first-round picks were multisport athletes

All but two of the players taken in Thursday's first round of the NFL Draft were multisport athletes in high school, according to the website TrackingFootball.com. The overwhelming number of players who participated in more than one sport is a goo...