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Alasdair Jones, William Mcevoy and 3 others like this.

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Deborah Bray said:
The classic example of early specialisation is football. When I was a Podiatrist, I lost count of how many little lads came in with Osgood Schlatters and shin splints. Their work load and particular the amount of matches they did was bordering on the ridiculous. The saddest thing of all is that 99% of them will never get into the Premier League and earn the big bucks they see successful footballers earn. The reason.... Our Leagues are stuffed full of foreign players!! How many foreign top teams have home grown English players? Very very few!
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Jon Woodward said:
It is a great debate, and one I look at from both sides - as a coach, and as a parent to an 'emerging' gymnast......our eldest daughter does 10 hours of gymnastics a week and the development across the board (physically, technically, mentally and socially) is obvious and hugely beneficial to her. When twinned with the other activities she does (swimming, etc), it makes for a busy week!!! We see all the acitivities she is involved as something that she wants to do and enjoys. She has competed and at county level, and we have had long discussions with her coaches that her health, well being and enjoyment always comes first.

My younger daughter is involved in various clubs, but none with a big as a time commitment in one sport as her older sister, but does as many hours a week as her though.

I was, and still am, a jack of all sports (and a master at none as many of my friends will testify!!) and I often look back and wonder if I could have been better at something with a greater commitment to one or two sports.

The debate will always continue, but I am not convinced either side of the arguement is entirely right or entirely wrong.....
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