Advice: don't push kids to one sport

Friday, October 21, 2016
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

assorted sportsThe NBA and USA Basketball are recommending that young children should participate in a variety of sports until they are at least 14 years old.  

The guidelines come as a pleasant surprise to a former professional athlete who warns about the pressure put on children to excel in sports.

"There's a lot of pressure," observes Bryan Schwartz, a former middle linebacker with the Jacksonville Jaguars and founder of family ministry Family Goals.

Schwartz, a father of seven, says he agrees with the advice from players, coaches, and medical experts who suggest that most successful athletes played multiple sports at a young age.

"You kind of get lured in thinking if you don't specialize, if you don't narrow your focus right now, they could miss out and that's a tough thing to resist," Schwartz tells OneNewsNow.

The panel also stated kids should take at least one day off from organized competition each week, and extended time off at least once a year, for proper physical and mental recovery. 

That sounds biblical, says Schwartz, noting that the Lord told mankind to rest.

"He created that rest day for man to not only get refreshed but recalibrate," says the former NFL player. "And I think when they're this young it's super important to train them in that."

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