“Are our children specializing in a specific sport(s) too early?”

Junior Netball Resource

“Are our children specializing in a specific sport(s) too early?” Mary Ann Dove – Performance Coach and Co-founder of Positive Sport Parent

Reviewed by Anne Nicholson Junior Netball Development Officer

This article supports the philosophy of NNZ’s Junior Netball Programme which is a progressive player centred game approach to netball. Young players must learn the fundamental movement skills to enable them to develop as athletes before they become specialised in a sport or in one specific position of a sport.  Parents need to realised that their child can be severely disadvantaged or compromised in their long-term sporting life if they have specialized too early i.e. prior to the onset of their adolescent growth spurt.

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