Jan 14, 2019

Interview Transcript

Announcer: "The Health Minute" produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: Should kids specialize in just one sport, or is it better to try different things? Dr. Nick Monson is a sports medicine physician. What do you tell patients?

Dr. Monson: Doing a lot of different activities is what we were meant to do. It's how kids maintain that happiness and it's how they actually develop skills that they can translate into their sport of preference in the future as well. A baseball player should be able to enjoy swimming or they should be able to enjoy playing basketball or picking up another outlet.

Interviewer: Why is it important parents take the lead on this?

Dr. Monson: The parents play a very big role in that situation of helping mold their kids into the athlete that they want to be and that they foresee their child being as well. They just have to make sure that when they're training and practicing and growing their abilities that they're doing that in a safe manner, which we know is done by not just one sport but in multiple activities.

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