Study Says Higher Injury Rates For Prep Athletes Who Specialize In One Sport

A study of Wisconsin High School atheletes found that high school athlete who specialize in one sport sustain “lower extremity injuries at significantly higher rates than athletes who do not specialize in one sport.” The study was conducted by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and funded by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). Atheletes who specialized in one sport were twice as likely to report previously sustaining a lower-extremity injury while participating on sports than athletes who did not specialize. Bob Gardner, NFHS executive director, said, “While we have long believed that sport specialization by high school athletes leads to an increased risk of overuse injury, this study confirms those beliefs about the potential risks of sport specialization. Coaches, parents and student-athletes need to be aware of the injury risks involved with an overemphasis in a single sport.” (NFHS)