There appears to be increasing numbers of children who specialize in a single sport at an early age and train year-round for this sport. While the lure of a college scholarship or a professional career can motivate young athletes (and their parents) to commit to specialized training regimens at an early age, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends avoiding specializing in one sport before puberty.
Want to help set up your daughter for success? Keep them active! Research indicates that for young girls, a lack of physical activity is directly related to rebellious behavior, low self-esteem and poor health. On the other hand, if girls stay active they are more likely to develop positive coping skills, increased self-esteem and increased confidence.