Pressure from parents is one of main causes of early specialization

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The area of early specialization by children in sport is an issue that has been debated by sport scientists across the globe and it is a subject we have looked at from a number of different angles over the years. There are many reasons for children dedicating themselves to one sport but there is a growing body of evidence that parental pressure is one of the main causes. The consensus among many experts is that early specialization should be avoided in the majority of sports for a variety of reasons.

Why diversify?

In a previous blog The role of sports specialization in overuse injury the benefits of pursuing a diversity of sports are made clear as it points out that

Over-training young athletes, especially in a specific sport, will likely lead to injury and may permanently compromise an athlete’s performance and/or long-term health. It is often recommended that sport specialization should be discouraged until the athlete is a senior in high school. Overuse injuries, surgeries, and permanent damage are all common physical consequences of over-training and sport specialization. Mentally, children will become less motivated and ‘burnt out’, stripping them of the benefits of youth sports

Meanwhile, in Early Specialization: Nine Reasons Why It Is a Bad Idea Brooke De Lench lists the following reasons as to why it is a bad idea:

    • Interferes with healthy child development
    • Comes with psychological risk from stress associated with over-involvement and expectations of parents and significant others
    • Doesn’t guarantee future athletic success
    • Hurts, rather than helps, skill development
    • Is elitist
    • Leads to overuse injuries
    • Promotes adult values and interests, not those of children
    • Increases the chances that the child will suffer burnout and quit sports
    • Reduces the chance that children will stay active in sports as adults

Diversification may not be straightforward

However, the difficulty is that while it may be easy to argue the theory of diversification in sport, sometimes it is not straightforward for the athlete to follow that advice. Therefore, I think it is worth looking at some of the pressures that young athletes face from coaches, parents and themselves that combine to prompt them to specialize in a particular sport. Sometimes an athlete or their parents may be fully aware of the benefits of taking part in different sports, but still end up going down a particular path.

There are a lot of pressures that can be hard to avoid and there may be valid reasons as to why a child may be limited to one particular sport. These can include time pressures – for example parents’ jobs may not allow them the time to travel to multiple sports activities – while the fact that there may be a number of children in one household playing sports makes it impossible for all to play multi-sports. On top of this, there is the financial cost of travel and equipment that makes it difficult for parents to sustain. The young players may also be under time pressure due to study commitments and other interests such as music lessons.

Pressure to specialize

While these factors are understandable, there is no doubt that a problem exists where children are being forced to specialize at an early age and a lot of this comes down to pushy coaches, but probably worst of all, pushy parents. Unfortunately, not all coaches are involved solely for the good of the children and are overly competitive as they see success as reflecting well on them, and perhaps a route to furthering their coaching careers. As a result, they discourage children from staying involved in other sports and put the pressure on their athletes – subtly or otherwise – to devote all their energy to one sport.

Why do parents encourage early specialization?

However, while this is certainly an issue that needs to be addressed, it would appear that it is parents who put the greatest pressure on children to specialize. Some of the reasons why parents go down this route include the following:

    • Many parents believe that their child has the ability to reach the elite level and are attracted by the fame and rewards that go along with this. As a result, they put pressure on the child to put all their energy into one sport out of fear that without intense practice and year-round dedication they will not develop the skills necessary to reach the top
    • Parents believe that unless a child is involved in an academy or select programme, they will fall behind in terms of development. It has been stated that in doing this, parents are going against their own instincts which suggest that diversification will boost the child’s development

 

  • The pursuit of college scholarships is another reason why parents want their children to excel at a particular sport. This is understandable given that Autumn Allison reminds us in Specialization forcing younger athletes to pick one sport, stick with it that

    Average annual tuition costs for college range from $8,893 at an in-state public university to upwards of $30,094 at a private institution

    However she warns that some perspective is required when attaching too much hope to this pursuit when adding:

    In reality, approximately 2 percent of high school athletes will receive some form of athletic scholarship, according to the NCAA’s website. That number is even lower for full-ride athletic scholarships, which are often tied to the moneymaking sports: football and basketball

    Education is required

    While most parents are well-intentioned and are aiming to do their best for their children, they may be unaware that in forcing early specialization they could be doing more harm than good. As a result, it is important that they are aware of the dangers involved, along with the benefits of diversification to their overall development. Of course, there will be a time when athletes need to specialize but knowing when to do it is vital. According to Sue Hunt, chief marketing officer at the USTA, the key to dealing with the problem of early specialization is education as she points out:

    We hope that by coming out and saying multi-sport play is really what’s best for children, that parents and coaches will be better educated and will end this growing trend.

    Early specialization and winning is really about the parents. The kids just want to have fun.

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    Head Coach, Women's Soccer, Mount Royal University (Canada)

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    Kildare Senior Football Manager

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    Kildare Senior Football Manager

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    Athletic Development Coach, MSc ASCC
    Millfield School, UK

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    Millfield School, UK

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    Director of Strength & Conditioning and Head Strength Coach Men’s basketball, University of Wisconsin

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    Quinnipiac University, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

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    Football Association of Ireland

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    Football Association of Ireland

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    Associate Director of Strength & Conditioning
    Director of Olympic Strength & Conditioning
    University of Wisconsin

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    Director of Olympic Strength & Conditioning
    University of Wisconsin

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    Lincoln University Athletic Performance Manager

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    2017-06-12T13:58:58+00:00

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    Strength Coach
    Nederlandse Ski Vereniging (Netherlands Ski/Snowboard Team)
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    2017-07-25T14:10:08+00:00
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    Strength Coach
    Nederlandse Ski Vereniging (Netherlands Ski/Snowboard Team)
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    Head Strength and Conditioning Co-ordinator,Noblesville High School

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    Brian Clarke

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    Head Coach, Women's Soccer at Regis University

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    Head Coach, Women's Soccer at Regis University

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    Nutritionist, Wexford Camogie

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    Niall O’Driscoll

    Academy Directory, SJ.B (St. Joseph’s Bray ) Academy

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    Niall O’Driscoll

    Academy Directory, SJ.B (St. Joseph’s Bray ) Academy

    "The success of young athletes using Metrifit was an interesting challenge in the Elite Soccer space… After six months of learning, creating habit with teenagers the project is a huge success…. 90% completion rate has allowed us deal with all the key KPI’s that are needed in their development. In our space with developing athletes…Metrifit is a godsend and is the most important tool in this space."
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    Derek Bol
    Strength & Conditioning Coach, Valparaiso University
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    2017-06-20T22:26:45+00:00
    Derek Bol
    Strength & Conditioning Coach, Valparaiso University
    "As a school that cannot spend large amounts of money on athlete monitoring, Metrifit has provided us with a great tool for monitoring stress and athlete readiness at a great rate. Being athlete driven, we're able to get buy-in from the athlete, and drive individual or team wide conversations regarding lifestyle and performance education in the direction needed. Seeing acute and chronic stress on a real-time basis has greatly improved the way we schedule workouts and arrange travel during the season."
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    Kari Thompson

    Head Volley Ball Coach, Southern Illinois University

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    2017-06-16T15:08:31+00:00

    Kari Thompson

    Head Volley Ball Coach, Southern Illinois University

    "Metrifit provides immediate insight and feedback on the physical and mental states of the student-athletes.  It allows us to adjust practices and training sessions to accurately meet needs. We have been able to identify potential injury concerns, track current injury status and monitor return to play progress."
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    Edgar K. Tham

    Founder and Chief Sport & Performance Psychologist, SportPsych Consulting (Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines)

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    Edgar K. Tham

    Founder and Chief Sport & Performance Psychologist, SportPsych Consulting (Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines)

    "Metrifit is an amazingly easy-to-use yet comprehensive monitoring tool for training and recovery! The elite athletes we work with are able track and monitor their situations and states daily, in order to maximize their performance loads and recovery practices. This also helps our coaches customize the training programs ‎more effectively. I'd recommend this for any serious team / athlete or coach in wanting to bring out the very best in their long-term performances! "
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    Dave Passmore

    Head Coach, Irish Hockey

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    2017-06-15T12:51:46+00:00

    Dave Passmore

    Head Coach, Irish Hockey

    "When our players have been only training with the national team Metrifit allows me to liaise very closely with our conditioning coaches to manage load and intensity of training during training camps. I recommend it to anyone who wants an easy to use monitoring system."

    References

    Why Kids Shouldn’t Specialize in One Sport by Jennifer Breheny Wallace
    Early Specialization: Nine Reasons Why It Is a Bad Idea by Brooke De Lench
    Specialization forcing younger athletes to pick one sport, stick with it by Autumn Allison
    Hyperspecialization Is Ruining Youth Sports—And the Kids Who Play Them by David Epstein
    Pushing too hard too young by Jacqueline Stenson
    Steph Curry & Fear-Driven Early Sport Specialization by Joe Haefner
    The role of sports specialization in overuse injury | Metrifit blog