Why You Should be a Multi-Sport Athlete


Sarah Mokrzecki

Sports are an important aspect of children’s lives and can help them learn important skills like the benefits of hard work, teamwork, and patience. Being a multi-sport athlete is beneficial to the child and they can develop different skills that they would not have if they only played one sport. 

To begin, playing multiple sports can decrease the risk of injury. Different sports use different muscle groups and it is good to play a bunch of sports to utilize them. For example, in baseball, you do a lot of overhand throwing which uses your shoulder a lot, and for a sport like soccer, you have to run for a longer period of time. When you play multiple sports it can avoid overuse of any muscle group. 

In Sports Medicine Weekly’s article, it says, “Growing athletes benefit from the development of all the components of neuromuscular control such as endurance, power, strength, agility, speed, flexibility and stability. Underdevelopment of any of these areas can lead to deficits or asymmetries within the athlete, which may place them at increased risk of injury during future sport participation.”

This quote shows how when you only play one sport you may not develop as many skills. Playing multiple sports decreases the risk of getting injured. 

A study by Ohio State University found that children who specialized early in a single sport led to higher rates of adult physical inactivity. Those who commit to one sport at a young age are often the first to quit and suffer a lifetime of consequences.

It is shown that playing more than one sport can lead to higher rates of adult physical activity. Also, if you play multiple sports you can see which one is your favorite and keep practicing because if you only play one sport and then you start to not like it, it can be hard to pick up another sport. 

Overall, it is beneficial to participate in multiple sports than to just specialize in one sport because it can prevent injuries and make you a more well balanced athlete.