Last Updated on August 13, 2023 by Andrew Pirie
Early sports specialization helpful or harmful
Early sports specialization (ESS) is defined as the intensive training or competition in organized sport by prepubescent children (under the age of 12) for more than eight months per year, with a focus on a single sport to the exclusion of other sports and free play.
Early Sport Specialization Per Reviewed study co-authored by Jad Adrian Washif.
Early Sport Specialization the other side
Typically in the Philippines, the concept of Early Age Specialization is that it’s good to get kids to do ‘AS MANY’ Sports as possible.
However when I attended the Level 3 coaching course of Athletics Australia.
The facilitator stated on the flip side in Australia the issue of kids playing too many sports.
Which disregards the concepts of rest and recovery. Kids should look at doing maybe 2-3 sports at most.
Some Points to Consider or Explore
- Children running on grass barefoot vs training on track
- DEPED Time Trials a week before the meeting.
- USA T&F Hersheys manual states kids should only run 600-900m max in training. Maybe 1200m at most for older kids.
- Australia teaches basic drills concurrently with structured kids’ athletics games.
In Europe, Airnel Abarra observed they give prizes to kids in sports
- Elimination rounds self-sustaining
- support sponsors clubs
- Blue Knights comp
- the system sports depth open mind adapts all sports encourage the play of sports.
- More comps in NCR
- Only coach mentor coaching purposes
- Coach-level PE teachers
- More expansive camps
- Leadership sports support grassroots
- 2021 seminars pinoyathletics
- Hardened experience recognized and appreciated.
- Gian Sam would rather go to the enchanted kingdom or Disney Land analogy
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