OVERTRAINING IN YOUNG ATHLETES: How Much Is Too Much?

Faigenbaum, Avery D. Ed.D., FACSM

ACSM'S Health & Fitness Journal: July/August 2009 - Volume 13 - Issue 4 - pp 8-13
doi: 10.1249/FIT.0b013e3181aae0a0
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LEARNING OBJECTIVES: The primary learning objectives are:

• To recognize the risks of intensive training in young athletes

• Describe concerns associated with early sports specialization

• Provide training recommendations for children and adolescents that emphasize enjoyment, safety, and personal improvement.

Millions of boys and girls participate in organized and recreational sports in the United States. However, there appears to be an increasing number of young athletes who specialize in just one sport starting at a young age or compete on multiple teams year-round without adequate time for recovery between sport seasons. Learn more about the risks of overtraining and age-appropriate conditioning guidelines for the young athlete.

Avery D. Faigenbaum, Ed.D., FACSM, is a professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at The College of New Jersey. As a researcher and practitioner in the field of pediatric exercise science, he has coauthored 8 books and more than 100 scientific publications on youth health and fitness.

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