Seasonal Multi-Sport Experience

Seasonal Multi-Sport Experience
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The Benefits of a Seasonal Multi-Sport Experience

Sport specialization is not only a disadvantage to children, it can prove to be a dangerous path for kids who are developing physically, socially, mentally and emotionally.

This bold statement is at the centre of a new documentary being created to encourage children to grow into healthy adults, both mentally and physically.

On Monday, September 19 at 7 p.m. at the St. Clair College SportsPlex (2000 Talbot St., Windsor) the Canadian Mental Health Association, Winsor-Essex County Branch (CMHA-WECB) and Give And Go Sport Education (GGSE) are proud to present Move At Your Own Sport.

Joining this event will be a virtual keynote from Joe Siddall, former Major League Baseball player and currently a commentator for the Toronto Blue Jays, and multiple gold medal-winning Paralympic swimmer Danielle Campo, to speak about how her own multi-sport experiences shaped her legacy as an elite, world-class athlete.

Move At Your Own Sport will explain how the seasonal multi-sport experience is of much greater benefit to children in youth sports.

A panel of experts in the field of mental health, kinetic movement, youth sports and teen medicine will discuss the benefits they’ve seen in children who participate in seasonal multi sport. They will also delve into the pitfalls that can result from the pursuit of early sport specialization.

The Give And Go Sport Education documentary will assist Canadian athletes, parents, educators, sport administrators and volunteers to better understand the healthy sport/life balance.

All stakeholders will now have access to a researched teaching tool with input from several amateur sport organizations, professional athletes and national sporting advocate groups with the same message: that a growing body of research suggests that specialization—the intense, year-round practice of a single activity at the expense of others—is dangerous for the youngest athletes, while picking a sport later on is in fact more likely to lead to a healthier athletic career.

Serving as moderator of the event will be Bob Duff; the long-time Windsor Star sports columnist and best-selling author is co-founder of the Give And Go Sport Education documentary.

Tickets are $50 per person and are available online.

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