Playing Multiple Sports Benefits Young Athletes

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Multiple Sport Benefits
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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.

The Goals of Texas Youth Boosters

Suzanne Itani has spent the last six years as chief executive officer of International Exports, Inc., in Houston, Texas. Suzanne Itani is highly active with local philanthropic organizations, including Texas Youth Boosters.

A not-for-profit athletics group, Texas Youth Boosters (TYB), Inc., uses a variety of organized recreational sports leagues to shape the minds of youths throughout the Houston area. The organization strives to develop confidence and strong moral character in children and teens by equating athletic competition with the challenges of everyday life.

TYB sports leagues operate with four specific goals in mind for youth participants. The primary objective is to simply allow kids to enjoy themselves while competing in safe, structured environments. The organization is also involved in combating national obesity levels by emphasizing physical activity over watching television or spending time on the Internet.

All individuals engaged in TYB league operations, from adult mentors to the adolescent participants, are tasked with maintaining motivation and commitment to the TYB mission of personal growth and team success. Finally, league coaches are encouraged to use games and practices as valuable teaching opportunities. Youths associated with TYB learn how to overcome difficult circumstances, cooperate and communicate with others, accept responsibility for themselves, and much more.