Talkin’ Female Athletes on CNN

February 3, 2009

I found this video yesterday on cnn.com when I was looking reaction on Joe Torre’s new book where he’s supposedly bashing the New York Yankee organization. Back to the video… it deals with the issue of knee injuries in young female athletes as well as highlighting the fact that females are much more likely to sustain these injuries than male athletes.

(Editor’s Note: Apparently I can’t embed video from CNN, so here’s the link: Little Girls, Big Injuries Its not too long; just about 2 minutes)

One really excellent point was made in this story. Sure the doctor spoke of the mechanism of injury (limited knee flexion + rotation/change of direction) which is something that needs to be known for prevention to be more than a shot in the dark, but what was really great was the point about sport specialization. She said it happens too soon.

It is great to hear this being proclaimed in the news!!

Not only is later specialization in sport better from an injury prevention point of view (due to exposure to a vast range of movement stimuli), but also it can reduce burnout from a sport (something I experienced). Also what many young athletes and parents aren’t aware of is that athletes who specialize early in their chosen sport are less likely to become top level athletes (professional). This is because many athletes who played more than one sport for much of their youth, developed abilities that they wouldn’t have developed and practiced if they only played their chosen sport. No sport encompasses all kinds of movements!

It was great to see something like this get some mainstream media attention!

CB

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3 Responses to “Talkin’ Female Athletes on CNN”

  1. ladlam Says:

    Chris, I’m not really sure what you mean by early-specialization. Do you mean young athletes focusing on a single sport too early? Or by athletes training their single sport too often, forsaking all other forms of training?
    Also, I’d be inclined to say there are a few disciplines of martial arts that encompass most types of movement!

  2. Chris Brown Says:

    You’re correct with the first one: early specialization is young athletes focusing on a sport early. (I forgot to mention that there are exceptions like gymnastics)

    I think I may have worded that last sentence poorly. What I meant to say was that one sport cannot provide all the athletic stimuli possible to the body. Since we’re talking about injury prevention here, would there be skills that a soccer player could pick up from participating in martial arts that would transfer to better movement on the soccer field?

    My stance is that yes this can happen since martial arts provides unique skills which the athlete can use to become a better soccer player, and possibly vice versa. (obviously skill transference between sports isn’t always even-steven)

    I hope this clarifies things, I will probably have to change the wording there since that sentence misrepresents what I wanted to say.

  3. ladlam Says:

    Thanks Chris that does clear things up! I couldn’t agree more.


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