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Volleyball Should Not Be Your Only Sport

By Terry Liskevych, The Art of Coaching Volleyball, 11/26/18, 12:00PM CST


A very select few may benefit at some point in their careers from specialization. For everybody else, broadening your sports experience is the way to go.

Playing multiple sports versus playing only one sport has been a hot topic of debate for quite a few years. My opinion has never wavered. I think young athletes should avoid early specialization and enjoy some variety. Playing more than one sport has a lot of benefits, two of the biggest being that it reduces both the risk of overuse injuries and early burnout.

But the reality is, we’re seeing fewer and fewer multi-sport athletes, and here are some reasons why:

  • Clubs are plentiful, and the coaches and owners profit when kids play one sport all year long.