If you know me, you know that I think lots of physical activity is one of the best ways to help our children grow healthy and strong. I usually say “the more, the better!” But balance is key in all of life, so help your child by not allowing them to overdue it. Repetitive play of the same sport during most of a year can lead to injuries in a young developing body. Some kids can also get stressed with so much focus on one sport, which can lead to burnout.
So how much is enough? The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness recommends that children and adolescents play on only one team per season and take a vacation of 2-3 months from a specific sport each year.