Single-Sport Specialization in Children: Helpful or Harmful?

Wednesday, November 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Woodman Family Community & Performance Center

Today’s children often play the same sport year-round, with parents and children alike afraid to take a break for fear of being ‘left behind’ or missing out on college opportunities. But is that really true? And does focusing on one sport turn kids into elite performers, endanger their health, or both? This talk will parse the myths and realities of specialization, misunderstandings of ‘the 10,000-hour rule,’ and the data on children and growth, achievement, and injury.

Our speaker is Keith Monchik ’90 M.D., a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with a subspecialty certification in Sports Medicine. A Rhode Island native and a graduate of Moses Brown, he completed his general orthopaedic residency at Brown University where he was the recipient of the prestigious Haffenreffer House Staff Excellence Award. Dr. Monchik currently serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School. He also has served as an Assistant to the Team Physicians of the Providence Bruins AHL Hockey Team, Brown University Collegiate Sports Teams, and Rhode Island high schools and has served on the Rhode Island Interscholastic League’s Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.

This program is free and open to the public. The Woodman Center is located in the middle of the MB campus.