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The Perils of Specialisation

Many believe football is a sport in which early specialisation is important, but is it actually early specialisation or early engagement that players really need? There is little doubt playing with a ball from an early age is beneficial, but should organised football be a child’s only sporting experience?

The following image first came to my attention through Twitter, from Ohio University. It is amazing because the image portrays something that is widely known among experts, is widely discussed in coaching circles, and has certainly been written about many times. Yet this simple image still touched a nerve.

[caption id="attachment_1345" align="aligncenter" width="599"]The image referred to by the author. By Urban Meyer, College Football Coach, Ohio State University. The image referred to by the author. By Urban Meyer, College Football Coach, Ohio State University.[/caption]

 

My response to seeing it was “Amen, agreed, hopefully now people will start paying attention.”

If it takes an infographic of Urban Meyer’s football recruits at Ohio State to shift the paradigm in youth sports, then so be it. The image,...

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