Atomic City Update: Year-round sports participation could lead to trouble in the future

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By Phil Scherer

As exciting as every new baseball season is, it seems like at the end of the first weekend, several star players are hurt and out for the season, putting a damper on what should be a moment to celebrate.

The biggest examples this year are Milwaukee Brewers closer Cory Knebel, who is out with an elbow injury, and New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar, who may require season-ending shoulder surgery.

Examples like this pop up every season, and sends teams into immediate scramble mode. Some of these injuries are unpredictable and unexplainable. But others can be prevented, and often result from an athlete pushing their body too hard too fast.  

It makes me worry about the high school athletes I watch every day. Many of them compete in sports the entire year, whether they play on club teams for their primary sport or compete in several different sports at the high school.

I worry about overuse at such a young age. No other level of athletics encourages people to compete year-round. There is a level of recovery needed at the end of a season, and many athletes don’t take the time to do that. Once one season ends, it’s right into the next one.

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