This month’s ‘11 in 11’ session is with Dr Dan Exeter on the subject of early specialisation for the younger athlete. Dr Exeter is a Sport and Exercise Physician based at the FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence in Auckland, New Zealand. Early specialisation occurs when a player chooses to participate in a single sport (at the exclusion of others). While it is often felt that this will lead to enhanced skill development, there is evidence to suggest that it may be also associated with an increased risk of injury and less enjoyment in sport. Dr Exeter discusses the pro’s and con’s relating to choosing to specialise in a single sport at a young age.
About Dr Dan Exeter
Centre of Excellence:
Axis and UniSports Sports Medicine Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
Sport and Exercise Physician
Dan is a Sport and Exercise Physician based at Axis Sports Medicine Specialists in Auckland, New Zealand. He has also worked at another FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence, Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre in Melbourne. He is now Medical Director for Athletics New Zealand and was part of the New Zealand medical team at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. He was a Venue Medical Officer at the FIFA U20 World Cup held in New Zealand.
Dan has interests in the areas of injury prevention, hamstring injury, tendon injury, and cardiac screening of athletes. He is also interested in physician-performed ultrasound.
Outside of work Dan enjoys tennis, golf and snowboarding and while very much a New Zealander, does miss the roar of a full Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Dan is the current Medical Director for Athletics NZ. He is a former Team Physician for Hawthorn Football Club (Australia). He is a Senior Lecturer at the University of He holds a Masters’