What is a 3-sport athlete and how does it affect young athletes?

Gautam P. Yagnik, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
The term 3-sport athlete is a fairly recent trend. In the past if you were an athlete, you played 3 sports. You played a different sport each season but today with all the traveling and summer league teams, an athlete will get focused on a sport at a young age and play baseball year-round. For example: In Miami we play football year round because the weather allows for it. And so we don’t allow certain parts of the body to get adequate rest and as a result makes it more susceptible to those types of injuries.

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