Two years ago I was honored to speak at the 2019 annual meeting of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) in Houston, Texas during a day-long summit on Youth Early Sports Specialization (ESS), which is when a child selects a primary sport, quits other sports to focus on that sport, and plays that sport exclusively for more than 8 months out of the year.

What Worries Parents Most About Youth Early Sports Specialization?

Drawing on three decades of educating youth sports stakeholders on injury prevention and talking to thousands of parents — from mothers of Professional and Olympic athletes to fathers of 8-year-olds in their first year…

Brooke de Lench

Child Athlete Safeguards & Rights Pioneer, Author, Film Producer (PBS)

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