Preseason. Varsity season. Summer camps. Travel team. Showcase. Fall/spring ball. Another travel team. Off season training.
The only thing missing is rest!!!
High school coaches, driven kids, overzealous parents, eager travel coaches, and fear drive our athletes to chronic over training. Never have there been more cases of tendonitis, stress fractures, burn out, performance stress, and surgery as there are now. These are signs of over training.
All the data suggests that 9 months max per year on a sport leads to less burnout, fewer injuries, better mental clarity, cross training opportunity, and better performance. Yes, LESS training per year, can lead to better performance. We are not saying sit on the couch. Play another sport, meet other people, learn new skills, mentally rest – this will help in your sport of choice. More is not always more. These are growing and maturing people which make them vulnerable to over training injuries. Don’t let your child, your team, or your patient be another statistic.
I am a sports physical therapist and I see over training every single day. It is devastating when it becomes a surgery and 12-18 months are lost. [See picture] High school is only 4 years long and we don’t want to miss 37.5% of it to injury. This goes for throwing, kicking, running, swinging, etc.
Of course we want what is best for our kids and to give them every opportunity to succeed as well as learning valuable lessons that competition gives us. But, overtraining will do the opposite!!!
Kash Eagleton, DPT, SCS
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Board Certified Sports Physical Therapy Specialist