SPORTS SPECIALIZATION: The “Pundficator” and “Wealth, Actually” take on the Pressure of Sports Success

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Remember Todd Marinovich? He was on the cover of Sports Illustrated as the archetype for early specialization and “guaranteed success” in sports . . . his story started out nicely, but ended in a horrible flame out. Here is a recent update on his progress from Rick Telander . . .

https://chicago.suntimes.com/2019/1/15/18386050/todd-marinovich-story-is-a-cautionary-tale-for-parents

In this Episode, Haven and I engage our society’s thirst for sports success, the pressure it puts on early sports specialization and the damage it can cause.

We tackle:

  • The role of sports in social mobility
  • How colleges and the admissions process have played a role in sports machine
  • The benefits of team activities in overall development
  • The lottery-like odds of success
  • The nature of injuries and the risk of specialization
  • The benefits of specialization and the risk of being left behind

Let us know what you think!

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