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Multi-Sport Athletes

The Temple Christian School Athletic Department strongly supports multi-sport participation vs. specialization.  Please look through the essays, articles, videos, and blog posts below from doctors, psychologists, trainers, athletes, parents, and coaches to get a sense of why we believe in the multi-sport model.   

Promoting multi-sport athletes (Coaches’ Quarterly, 2009) 

Early sport specialization:  roots, effectiveness, risks (Current Sports Medicine Reports, 2010) 

Specialization vs. multi-sport participation (National Association for Sport and PE, 2010) 

The Aspen Institute’s Project Play (Aspen Institute, 2013) 

Sport specialization – a coach’s role (Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, 2013) 

Playing multiple sports builds better athletes (USA Football blog, 2014) 

Changing the game in youth sports – Ted talk (Changing the game in youth sports, 2014) 

NFHS case for multi-sport athletes (NFHS, 2014) 

Responding to specialization (Independent School, 2014) 

Growth of non-school sports leads to fewer multi-sport athletes (, 2015) 

The dangers of specialization (, 2015) 

Sport specialization may predict injuries (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2015) 

One sport may be too much (The Way:  Human Performance Institute, 2015) 

Ruining the athlete (The Gazette-Colorado Springs, 2015) 

Generation knife (Vice News, 2015) 

Single sport athletes don’t always win (, 2015) 

How to destroy your child's athletic future (Sport Factory, 2015) 

World Cup champions show benefits of playing multiple sports (Post and Courier, 2015) 

Encouraging multi-sport participation (New World of Coaching, 2015) 

Cuddyer's Corner (focus on versatility)  (USA Baseball website, 2016) 

Advice on Multi-Sports - Jake Odorizzi  (Positive Coaching Alliance, 2016) 

Encouraging multi-sport participation (NIAAA magazine, 2016) 

Injury rates higher for athletes who specialize in one sport  (NFHS, 2016) 

Highly specialized athletes more likely to be injured (Science Daily, 2016) 

Here's why you shouldn't pressure kids to specialize (Business Insider, 2016) 

Dr. James Andrews:  Don't specialize (Orlando Sentinel, 2016) 

The dangers of sport specialization  (USA Wrestling, 2016) 

Five reasons you want your kids to be a multi sport athlete (ESPN, 2016) 

Benefits of participating in multiple sports  (USA Wrestling, 2017) 

Urban Meyer isn't the only one who prefers multi-Sport Athletes  (Eleven Warriors, 2017) 

Sports specialization a disservice to kids (USA Today High School Sports, 2017) 

Study finds specialization leads to injury (Athletic Business, 2017) 

Students who specialize early are injured more often (NPR, 2017) 

Broader impact (Training and Conditioning, 2017) 

Year-round sports push kids to the limit (Star Tribune, 2017) 

Effects of playing multiple  sports on NBA players’ propensity for injury (American Journal of Sports Medicine, 2017) 

Playing for more than scholarships (Des Moines Register, 2018) 

5 Reasons Colleges Love Multi-sport Athletes (Stack, 2018) 

Why multi-sport athletes should matter to administrators (NFHS, 2018) 

Over 90% of Super Bowl LIII Players Were Multisport Athletes (Coach & AD, 2019) 

Playing school-based sports a better option (NFHS, 2019) 

Early specialization a crime against youth athletes (Stack, 2019) 

Patrick Mahomes didn't stick to one sport... (Yahoosports, 2019) 

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