Since 2010, Suzanne Itani has served as the CEO of International Exports Inc. Outside of her professional life, Suzanne Itani enjoys taking an active role in her children’s sporting activities. Her son plays multiple sports, which experts suggest may be better for young athletes than specializing in just one.
Young athletes who are exposed to multiple sports gain greater muscle development and skill than their single-sport counterparts. For example, the skills your child learns in basketball to keep in front of a defender are essentially the same moves a baseball player learns playing shortstop.
When children play an attacking sport like basketball, they slowly gain the ability to read people’s bodies and anticipate movement. These skills are put to good use in other sports, such as field hockey, where the same skills prove just as important.
More than the on-field moves, playing multiple sports can make players better teammates. While your child may be a football star, being an average basketball player can keep them humbled, showing them a perspective they may not have otherwise seen.
A study of UCLA varsity athletes found that they began focusing on one sport, on average, at 15.4 years of age. So while there is room for specialization, it might be best to wait until a child’s teenage years.