At Competitive Thread, we value objective science-based ideas and what we have found is that early specialization isn’t the best option for a developing child. Holistic approaches that teach your child to be a leader in all areas of their life is and will always be the preferred method! This is what we’re trying to teach in our development classes!
Here are 7 reasons why early specialization can hinder, rather than help, a child’s development!
- It can lead to isolation from friends and peers. http://www.momsteam.com/successful-parenting/early-sport-specialization-may-interfere-with-healthy-child-development-increase-social-isolation
- There is no guarantee for future athletic success. http://www.momsteam.com/successful-parenting/early-sport-specializiation-no-guarantee-of-future-success
- It can hurt, rather than help, early athletic development. http://www.momsteam.com/successful-parenting/parenting-elite-athletes/specialization/specializing-in-single-sport-early-hurts-athletic-development
- It can create elitism by creating the “haves” and the “have-nots” http://www.momsteam.com/successful-parenting/parenting-elite-athletes/specialization/early-travel-team-play-fosters-elitism
- Leads to overuse and injuries. http://www.momsteam.com/successful-parenting/-overuse-injury-epidemic-result-year-round-play-too-many-teams-at-same-time
- It’s usually an adult pushing the early specialization, not the child. http://www.momsteam.com/successful-parenting/specializing-in-single-sport-early-travel-team-play-not-in-the-best-interest-of
- It often leads to burnout. http://www.momsteam.com/successful-parenting/specializing-in-single-sport-early-travel-team-play-lead-to-burnout