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Issue: October 2010
Practice Makes Perfect and Other Curricular Myths in the Sport Specialization Debate
Abstract: This article presents a different focus on the specialization debate, one that changes the focus to the quality of sport instruction regardless of the level of specialization in training. It suggests that many of the negative consequences of early sport specialization may be avoided with appropriate coaching and sport skill instruction. Rather than debating whether athletes should be engaged in early sport specialization or not, the focus should be on the quality of the training and sport skill instruction that the athlete receives.
Article category: NASPE Symposium