"Back To School: Why Kids Need To Play More Than One Sport" - Sheila Dougherty
School is back in session for most kids, and with the start of the academic year comes decisions about extracurricular activities. While sports are healthy and character-building, focusing on a single sport might not be the way to go for every kid. Alexis Colvin, MD, associate professor of sports medicine and orthopedics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and chief medical officer of the US Open, explains the importance of variety. “Allowing children to play more than one sport can help in preventing overuse injuries. Mixing higher and lower-impact sports is a good rule of thumb. This doesn’t mean that your child should play two-three travel sports per week — informal activity has value as well,” she said.
- Alexis Colvin, MD, Associate Professor, Sports Medicine, Orthopedics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Chief Medical Officer, US Open