What are the recommendations for practice allowance for student athletes?

Jennifer J. Beck, MD
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
Recommendations for practice allowance for student athletes include the following:
  • Practice should be limited to about 18 hours per week.
  • Practice should not last for more than four hours per day.
  • Double-day football practices should be limited and not held on consecutive days.
  • If there are double-day practices, there should be at least three hours of rest between those practices. The only exception to this rule would be for golf, given the long duration of 18 holes of play.
Practice allowance is really important because many youth athletes are over-training, which is leading to burnout as well as overuse injuries.

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