About 70% of teenagers and children drop out of college organized sports At the age of 13, experts agree on possible reasons for early burnout.
The number of dropouts emerges from a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), “Overuse Injuries, Overtraining, and Burnout in Young Athletes,” published Jan. 22 in the journal Pediatrics.
With the growing trend of young athletes training on multiple teams at once throughout the year, pediatricians told Fox News Digital that they are seeing more cases of burnout and stress injuries at a young age.
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“Burnout is real and parents and coaches need to prepare for it,” said Dr. James Barsi, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital on Long Island, New York, who was not involved in the AAP report, told Fox News Digital.
A current quarterback on a high school football team who also plays travel baseball on Long Island, New York, said he is seeing burnout in some of his classmates.
“[There’s] There’s definitely pressure on kids these days because they’re trying to be the best athlete they can be and it’s just always on their shoulders: “I have to train more and more to be the best,” he said, adding , that he once had teammates telling him that they “just can’t do it anymore.”
The AAP report, which was an update of an earlier report in 2007, said over-planning and excessive training could lead to burnout and contribute to the high dropout rate in sports.
This intense training volume could also impact a young athlete well-being and quality of life, the report says.