Is it wise to specialize?

Truth is, ONLY 49% of men and 55% of women at D1 level specialized by age of 12 years old. AND it has greatly increased risk of “burnout” and overuse injuries. Diversification and well-rounded stimuli allows a child’s body to adapt and increase the likelihood of becoming a versatile elite athlete.

How can we prevent youth injuries?

Through targeted, evidence-based intervention, Movement Alliance:

1) Provides information pertaining to proper training schedules for the youth athlete that include both appropriate volume and rest periods. Including a basic understanding of the healing process in youth athletes.

2) Provides examples of healthy diverse activities/movements, outside and within the range of a given sport, in order to ensure symmetrical, well rounded musculoskeletal and neurological development.

3) Educates coaches to understand the required movement demands of their particular sport, and empowers them with the knowledge of how unsound biomechanics can lead to sport-specific injuries. Movement Alliance encourages a proactive approach for coaches in the management of those they serve from an evidence-based movement science perspective.

All contributing to maximized performance and prevention of injury.

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