Youth Sports Injury Epidemic

 According to a study by the National Federation of State High School Associations, high school student-athletes who specialize in one sport are 70 percent more likely to suffer a debilitating injury.

However, such sacrifices only pay off for a very small percentage of youth athletes. According to the NCAA, only two percent of high school athletes are awarded a college scholarship, and of those, only two percent go on to play in a professional major league.

According to, athletes who specialize in a sport from a young age can experience a loss of identity when forced into a medical retirement, going through a kind of grieving stage before learning to define themselves in a different way.