Commentary: Sport specialization can do more harm than good

USA TODAY | May 3, 2017
By: Bob Gardner, Executive Director, NFHS and Scott Hallenbeck, CEO and Executive Director, USA Football 

More student-athletes are gaining the benefits, fun and rewards of high school sports than ever before. Studies support the notion that athletics advance the health of our young people and make a positive difference in their lives. But there’s more to this story.

Underreported are the added benefits of playing multiple sports and the harm done by specializing in one sport at a young age.

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and USA Football work together to strengthen the benefits of participation in high school sports. Through coach education and best practices, our organizations partner for a mutual goal of better, more engaging and safer play.

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