Is Your Student Athlete Training for Only One Sport?

From the Show: Train Your Body
Summary: Even if your child is focused on only one sport, there can be benefits of cross-training as well.
Air Date: 9/3/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Mike Bergeron, PhD
Michael BergeronMichael F. Bergeron, Ph.D., FACSM, is the Executive Director of the National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute and a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota at the Sanford USD Medical Center. He also has an appointment as a Senior Scientist in Sanford Children's Health Research Center. He is internationally recognized for his research and leadership in exercise heat stress and youth athletic health.

Dr. Bergeron is a Fellow and past Trustee of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and is currently a member of the National Federation of State High School Associations Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the Academic Advisory Board for the International Olympic Committee postgraduate Diploma Program in Sports Medicine. Dr. Bergeron serves as an Editorial Board member for the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism and Journal of Athletic Training. He also serves as a clinical and scientific consultant to the WTA (Women's Tennis Association) professional tour medical services.

Dr. Bergeron has worked with numerous youth, collegiate, and professional athletes on appropriately and safely enhancing athletic capacity and resilience by providing individualized and sport-specific training and nutrition/hydration guidance, with a particular emphasis on preparation, competition, and recovery strategies in the heat and helping athletes to avoid exertion-based heat illness and injury. Because of his recognized expertise and reputation among athletes, coaches and sport and sports medicine governing bodies, Dr. Bergeron has been regularly featured in myriad national television, radio, online and print media and publications.
Is Your Student Athlete Training for Only One Sport?
If you have a child who plays sports, and is very good at one specific sport, he or she (and you) may have dreams of a future career involving athletics.

Wouldn't that be nice?

The problem is that truly superior athletes tend to train a little too much for their one specific sport.

This can not only hurt their ability to play their sport, but it can also cause real injury that could derail those dreams of a future career.

Melanie Cole, MS, and Dr. Mike Bergeron, PhD, guide you and your student athlete to great heights of training with the best expert advice on cross training... even for a specific sport.