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Sports specialization trend costs teens, schools

from The San Francisco Chronicle

Of the 54 football players at Serra-San Mateo in California, 39 play another sport. Head coach Patrick Walsh doesn't like that. He wishes more of them would play a second sport. "I hate specialization," he said. "It makes no sense, in my opinion." The trend toward specialization in youth sports, in which athletes play one sport year-round for expensive travel and club teams, has had a significant impact on traditional high school programs, which have declined in popularity and participation. more

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