The articles below are research articles written by North Dakota State University Graduate Students.  The articles are for educational resources.

An Argument for late specialization in sports

Youth athlete dropout rates are alarmingly high. Coaches and parents are contributing to youth athlete dropout by having unattainable expectations of the children, taking up too much of the children’s time, and using ill maintained facilities. A key to improving youth athlete retention in sport revolves on the enjoyment of the children themselves through positive experiences tailored by the coaches.


Rules a High School Sports Program Should Integrate into its Philosophy

Sport specialization is happening at younger and younger ages every year. Many parents and coaches believe it is the only way for the young athletes to earn a scholarship or that professional contract later in life. Contrary to popular belief, studies have shown early specialization to cause burnout, depression, and increased risk of injury.



Dave Dougherty

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