What sport is best to participate in as year-around athletes?
- All of the Above
The correct answer to this question is (6) All of the Above.
Here are a few reasons why:
- Variety helps: Research shows that early participation in multiple sports leads to better overall motor and athletic development, longer playing careers, increased ability to transfer sports skills other sports and increased motivation, ownership of the sports experience, and confidence.
- Increased creativity and Sport IQ: Multi-sport participation at the youngest ages yields better decision making and pattern recognition, as well as increased creativity. These are all qualities that coaches of all sport look for at all levels of play.
- Follow the trend: It is a little known fact that most college athletes come from a multi-sport Background: A 2013 American Medical Society for Sports Medicine survey found that 88% of college athletes surveyed participated in more than one sport as a child.
- Mastery is not the key: Although 10,000 hours contributes to sports specificity, it can also lead children to “burn out” and also loose the intrinsic desire to play, compete and focus. The truth is that there are major sports that require far less than 10,000 hours for mastery.