It’s almost been 2 decades since I entered the world of pediatric sports medicine. It’s been over 30 years since I was in high school sports. The typical 3 sport athlete has certainly become less common since then, but certainly not extinct. Both boys and girls have seen their sports become more organized, starting training at younger ages, and an ever-increasing focus on year-round participation in a single sport. Finding less competitive recreational leagues and even intramural sports options can be a great struggle as our young athletes get older. But what do we know about youth sports specialization? We talk a lot that sports specialization may not be so great for our young athletes, but is that true? Today on the podcast we have an expert in youth sports specialization to help us work through this.
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Links from this Episode:
— Jayanthi NA, LaBella CR, Fischer D, Pasulka J, Dugas LR. Sports-specialized intensive training and the risk of injury in young athletes: a clinical case-control study. Am J Sports Med. 2015 Apr;43(4):794-801. doi: 10.1177/0363546514567298. Epub 2015 Feb 2. PMID: 25646361. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25646361/
— Jayanthi N, Schley S, Cumming SP, Myer GD, Saffel H, Hartwig T, Gabbett TJ. Developmental Training Model for the Sport Specialized Youth Athlete: A Dynamic Strategy for Individualizing Load-Response During Maturation. Sports Health. 2022 Jan-Feb;14(1):142-153. doi: 10.1177/19417381211056088. Epub 2021 Nov 11. PMID: 34763556; PMCID: PMC8669935. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34763556/
— Myer GD, Jayanthi N, Difiori JP, Faigenbaum AD, Kiefer AW, Logerstedt D, Micheli LJ. Sport Specialization, Part I: Does Early Sports Specialization Increase Negative Outcomes and Reduce the Opportunity for Success in Young Athletes? Sports Health. 2015 Sep-Oct;7(5):437-42. doi: 10.1177/1941738115598747. Epub 2015 Aug 6. PMID: 26502420; PMCID: PMC4547120. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26502420/
— Myer GD, Jayanthi N, DiFiori JP, Faigenbaum AD, Kiefer AW, Logerstedt D, Micheli LJ. Sports Specialization, Part II: Alternative Solutions to Early Sport Specialization in Youth Athletes. Sports Health. 2016 Jan-Feb;8(1):65-73. doi: 10.1177/1941738115614811. Epub 2015 Oct 30. PMID: 26517937; PMCID: PMC4702158. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26517937/
— Jayanthi N, Kleithermes S, Dugas L, Pasulka J, Iqbal S, LaBella C. Risk of Injuries Associated With Sport Specialization and Intense Training Patterns in Young Athletes: A Longitudinal Clinical Case-Control Study. Orthop J Sports Med. 2020 Jun 25;8(6):2325967120922764. doi: 10.1177/2325967120922764. PMID: 32637428; PMCID: PMC7318830. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32637428/
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The Host of this Program:
Dr. Mark Halstead received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He stayed at the University of Wisconsin for his pediatric residency, followed by a year as the chief resident. Following residency, he completed a pediatric and adult sports medicine fellowship at Vanderbilt University. He has been an elected member to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness and the Board of Directors of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM). He has served as a team physician or medical consultant to numerous high schools, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Washington University, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Athletica, and St. Louis Rams. He serves and has served on many local, regional and national committees as an advisor for sports medicine and concussions. Dr. Halstead is a national recognized expert in sport-related concussions and pediatric sports medicine.
The Guest Featured Inside this Program
Dr. Neeru Jayanthi is an associate professor of orthopedics and family medicine at Emory University. He is the Associate Director of their Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship and Co-Director of the Youth Sports Medicine Program and Director of Sports Medicine research and education at Emory. Dr. Jayanthi is considered one of the country’s leading experts on youth sports health, injuries, and sports training patterns, as well as an international leader in tennis medicine. He is a team physician for multiple teams in the Atlanta area.