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Early Specialization of Athletes

by on Feb 23rd, 2009

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The young girl is undoubtedly impressive, but I am a little concerned with what might surround some of this success. In looking at some comments regarding the girl’s win, you’ll see that a lot of people are in favor of getting her a good training program so that she can become the next Deena Kastor or Kara Goucher. While I am more than happy about anything that draws attention to the great sport of track and field, I am extremely wary of such early specialization. Kids who are age ten do not need to be put on a running program to “develop” them to elite levels. Nope, people that young need to play. Jump, sprint, stop, change directions, squat, lunge, play. There is absolutely no sense in creating a dynamic stereotype for distance running at age 10. Peak performance age in track and field is at least another decade (and likely 15 years) away. A kid needs to develop motor control, mobility, stability, and strength in as many areas as possible, and when it comes time to make the choice of specialization, more focus on specific training can be made.

-Carson Boddicker

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