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Washington Program Aims to Prevent Burnout in Youth Sports

By Public News Service, 09/05/18, 12:00PM CDT

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“It wasn't inviting, it wasn't a mentorship, it wasn't guidance. It was about results. You are judged off of your results. And in that type of environment, there is no development."

The start of the school year also means the fall sports season is up and running. But are young people in athletics being pushed too hard? Major League Baseball All-Star Nomar Garciaparra and former Seattle Mariners prospect Aaron Trolia believe so, and that's why they've started their own training academy.

With backing from the Los Angeles Dodgers, the organization is supporting facilities and programs in Washington state, including the Northwest Prospects Academy and RISE Football. Trolia, CEO of EL1, said the way youth are trained in sports is leading to burnout.