Is Competition Healthy for Children in Sports?

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Does an increased  level of training in younger children produce better athletes?
Air Date: 9/12/12
Duration: 10 Minutes
Host: Melanie Cole, MS.
Guest Bio: Dr. Paul Stricker, MD
Dr Paul StrickerDr. Paul Stricker is one of a small number of doctors in the US who is board certified in both sports medicine and pediatrics.  He was an All-American swimmer in college at University of Missouri-Rolla, completed pediatrics at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and a sports medicine fellowship at UCLA.  He was team physician for UCLA and Vanderbilt University, and reached a unique and coveted position when he was selected by the Olympic committee as a physician for the United States team at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. 

He previously served as President of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Sports Medicine & Fitness and editorial Board member for Healthy Children magazine.  He has been selected as one of America’s Top Pediatricians and America’s Best Doctors.  Dr. Stricker has authored numerous medical publications and a book for parents and coaches entitled Sports Success Rx!—Your Child’s Prescription for the Best Experience.  He has been cited in such national publications as US News & World Report, USA Today, parenting magazines, and has been featured on ESPN and other television programs discussing ways to increase activity and decrease sports pressure for children and teenagers.  Dr. Stricker is still a competitive swimmer, and he currently resides and has his medical practice in San Diego, CA, at Scripps Clinic, an internationally recognized multi-specialty medical group and clinical research institution.
  • Book Title: Sports Success Rx!—Your Child’s Prescription for the Best Experience.
Is Competition Healthy for Children in Sports?
Kids are signing up for competitive, traveling, year-round sports teams at increasingly younger ages. Does this level of training produce better athletes? What are the risks?  Listen as Dr Paul Stricker, Author of  "Sports Success Rx!—Your Child’s Prescription for the Best Experience." helps parents understand how children can get their best training experience.

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