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Don't Specialize Too Early, Says Ruggiero

Four time Olympic medalist Angela Ruggiero played sports beside ice hockey until she got to college.  She urges parents to resist the increasing pressure on their child to specialize too early. Playing different sports helps a child develop different muscles and skills that make them better at their chosen sport, and is fun, which was what sport should be all about.  Early specialization can lead to burnout, Ruggiero says, so says parents need to make sure their kids get a physical and mental break from sports every year.