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WISC-TV spotlights Bell's work on specialization in youth sports

August 01, 2018
A report from Madison's CBS affiliate, WISC-TV/Ch. 3, features a study from UW-Madison's David Bell that explores how specialization in youth sports connects to daytime tiredness.

Bell is an assistant professor with the School of Education's Department of Kinesiology

Bell's study explores the issues that are linked to focusing too much on one sport, otherwise known as overspecialization, including how overspecialized young athletes are much more likely to get tired during the day. 

In the article, Bell said there's a need to find a balance between having fun and being physically active without burning out. 

"We know that the number one reason that kids play sports is because they love it and enjoy it, but also the number one reason that kids drop out of sports is because it's not fun anymore,” Bell explained to “We need to make sure that parents are checking back in with their kids to make sure, ‘hey are you having fun, are you happy, and do you still love what you're doing?’"

Read the full report here


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