Posted: Apr 19, 2013 11:05 AM by NBC News
Specializing in one sport starting at a young age significantly increases the risk for overuse injuries.
For three years, researchers at Loyola University followed 1,200 young athletes between the ages of eight and 18.
They found those who spent more hours than their age playing one sport were 70% more likely to experience an overuse injury, like a stress fracture.
Those who spent twice as much time playing an organized sport than free play were also more likely to be injured.
The researchers recommend young athletes take at least one day off a week from training in sports and not play sports year round.
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