Have Youth Sports Become Too Intense?

February 2011
New York Times Upfront;2/21/2011, Vol. 143 Issue 10, p22
The article presents a debate on whether youth sports have become too intense. Author Mark Hyman says his son has raptured an elbow ligament while pitching for his high school baseball team. The American Academy of Pediatrics noted that half of all sports injuries among children are caused by simple overuse. On the other hand, Nathan Pitcock of the Chicago Magic Soccer Club, believes that in order to succeed in competitions, young athletes should learn to manage pressure which brings out the best in them.


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