From shin splints to sprained ankles, most student-athletes encounter a few bumps in the road. But new evidence suggests that specializing in a single sport makes them increasingly prone to serious injury.

In fact, a study conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations found that high school athletes who specialized were 70 percent more likely to suffer an injuryAnd a recent study in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine states that specialization not only increased risk of injury, but also contributed to burnout, such as loss of motivation, lack of enjoyment, stress and anxiety, and mood disturbances.

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