To Specialize Early or Not to Specialize Early, That is the Question

Early sports specialization in young athletes is a hot topic right now.  I personally don’t think that it is good to start training kids for just one sport at an early age (early elementary years).  I think that when children have a lot of opportunities to take part in many different sports they become better well rounded athletes.  I ran across a very unique case of early specialization sports training.  My son Matt and I both have a love of running and like to learn about different sports.  This love of running and learning about different sports led us to a documentary about LoLo Jones.  For those of you who do not know who LoLo Jones is, she is an Olympic class runner who specializes in the 60 and 100 meter hurdles.  We enjoyed watching and learning about LoLo so much that we looked for other athletes to learn about.  We found a documentary on Todd Marinovich.   Continue reading