Excelling at your sport of choice? Gunning for a college scholarship? You may want to listen up.
A new study has just reaffirmed risks related to one-sport athletes’ training and routines. According to a team of researchers at Brown University, sport specialization or long-term training for one sport is associated with longer hours of exercise and over-use-based injuries.1
In other words, because one-sport athletes repeat the same motions day after day, they are more prone to injuring body parts overworked by a one-sport routine. According to these findings, one sport athletes also tend to exercise more often and more intensely than those who practice multiple sports.
The study, which analyzed a pool of more than ten thousand teens, found that sport specialization puts young athletes at risk for injuries such as stress fractures, tendinitis, and ACL tears.
As a result, these researchers advocate for days of recovery, conditioning, and even yoga mixed into one-sport athletes’ routines in order to balance out days of vigorous training.
You already know how important rest days are, but they may be even more helpful if you’re a one sport athlete with a repetitive routine. If that’s you, be sure to balance playing your sport of choice with days of light cardio or yoga.