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Current Recommendations for Youth Sports Participation:

Updated: Jun 16, 2023

The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Early Sports Specialization Consensus Statement states:

1. Children who participate in more hours per week than their age, for more than 16 hours per week in intense training, and who are specialized in sport activities should be closely monitored for indicators of burnout, overuse injury, or potential decrements in performance due to overtraining.

2. All youth (including inactive youth) can benefit from periodized strength and conditioning (eg, Integrative Neuromuscular Training [INT]) to help them prepare for the demands of competitive sports participation.

3. Youth who specialize in a single sport should plan periods of isolated and focused INT to enhance diverse motor skill development and reduce injury risk factors



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