Episode 8: Where Are The Multisport Athletes?

Hey, guys. This is Andrew Dombek from the AID Performance Physical Therapy and this is the next episode of the “Any Day Happenings of a Physical Therapist.”

Tonight’s conversation question was from a couple of dads I got about playing sports year round. And as you can see, I’m at the Evergreen Sportsplex tonight at my daughter’s soccer practice. And we’re talking about if the girls should be playing at age 9, 10, 11, even young boys, specializing in playing soccer all year round.

In my opinion, as well as some of the experts and professional soccer coaches, the college coaches, even Urban Meyer when he talked about football players, looking for athletes. And it’s always good, especially when they’re young that they don’t need to specialize in sports, that they should be playing multiple sports so they can develop different skills as well as train different muscles.

Playing soccer, it’s a year round sport these days. And I think a lot of it has to do with money that the clubs…they wanna make money. And this is my opinion, that they make money off all these kids, the uniforms, and everything. And that if one kid gets injured, the next kid is up. And I think it’s best for your kids that if you play multiple sports, if you’re playing soccer, play basketball in the winter time. If you’re playing football, you could play basketball in the winter and baseball or lacrosse in the spring. That changes things up.

Now there are certain sports that don’t necessarily go hand in hand. I had one mother say that for someone who’s playing lacrosse and then went out for the cross-country team. And he was running cross country and he pulled his hamstring and then he wanted to know if he could continue running and try out for lacrosse team. And I said, “Unfortunately, there’s no carry-over between running long distance, and especially cross country long distances, versus lacrosse.

Lacrosse is like hockey and basketball. It’s sprints. And you need a little bit of distance for endurance but it’s mainly short bursts of speed. And you want to train your fast twitch muscles, not your slow. And long distance running trains your slow twitch muscles. So some sports like that. And even swimming in the wintertime or swimming in the summertime is another way to train other muscles.

So that’s it for this episode of the “Any Day Happenings of a Physical Therapist.” Please keep sending your questions and comments to andrewdombek@aidppt.com or you can give us a call at 703-723-6758. Thank you very much. I look forward to hearing your questions. Over and out.

Andrew Dombek, PT, MSPT, CMTPT, CGFI

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