22 Nov 2016

Are talented kids doing too much sports training?

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:30 pm on 22 November 2016

Children are increasingly doing long hours of sport training from a young age, across multiple sports, but is it causing more harm than good?

Promising young athletes are usually identified at around the age of 12 or 13 and then moved into intensive training through development programmes and representative teams.

Dr Craig harrison of AUT's  Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand has been researching the best ways of working with youth athletes to help them achieve their sporting potential and avoid injuries.

Rugby player being tackled during school game, Auckland.

Photo: PHOTO NZ

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