Article mentions reward, not risk

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The article in the Saturday, June 20 Press Tribune by Andrew Eggers regarding year-round youth baseball was incomplete and should’ve addressed the downside of one-sport, year-round athletics for young kids. While it’s fine for parents to want their young kids to improve in a given sport, nowhere in the article were any of the possible risks mentioned. Just take a few minutes and research repetitive sports injuries among young athletes: The evidence is overwhelming that subjecting young bodies and muscles to the same motions and activities over and over can result in some pretty detrimental injuries. It’s not just baseball. Any year-round youth sport involvement needs to be carefully considered by parents because in addition to potential physical injuries, kids can also simply burn-out on a sport. Allowing and encouraging kids to take an interest in other sports until at least their early teens gives the child a chance to develop an interest in other sports and take a mental break from pursuing one activity non-stop. It also allows for cross training so that the risk of overworking certain sets of muscles is drastically reduced. Some of these year-round youth sports programs have become more about business than about teaching the kids a game. It is absolutely the responsibility of parents to be vigilant, to learn a little about the physiology of kids, to keep an eye on coaches and programs, and to realize that letting their child take a break now and then will not lead to failure and in fact if done right can enhance the potential for future success. Tom Mailey,Roseville