Feb 8, 2022
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Once upon a time, American youth played pick-up games in the street and tried out for their first organized school sport teams as they entered middle and high school. And occasionally, a local hometown hero went on to play at the collegiate level … and even more rare, someone made it to the pros. Fueled by families paying big money for private club teams, today’s youth sports have gone pro. According to TIME Magazine, kids’ sports make up a more than $15 billion industry. Children as young as five attend tryouts, are ranked in their discipline and shuttled around the country to play with the best. We are talking about the impact of sport specialization on young athletes.
Joining us to talk through this important topic is my colleague, Dr. Greg Walker. Greg is part of our Sports Medicine and Orthopedics Institute teams, and he is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.