Early specialisation for the younger athlete

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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

Medical Specialty:
Sport and Exercise Physician

General information:
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.

Team/Sports/Research/Academic Involvement:
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’

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Dalibor Veber
10 February 2018 13:22

I would just like to recommend a great book on the subject, written by Istvan Balyi and others: “Long-Term Athlete Development”. Very nice talk, with few essential tips for everyday practice, thank you Dan!

Keep on the good work guys!!

Prof Mathewwesjraa21
16 June 2021 15:51
Reply to  Dalibor Veber

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Mahmoud hamdy Abdelwhab
17 February 2018 19:12

Health nutrition for athletes in thier activities

Dr. János Tóth jr.
21 March 2018 17:17

This topic was covered in my first dissertation. János Tóth (2008) Performance analysis of sport specialization and school physical education effects at elementary school children. Budapest, Semmelweis University Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Science, now University of Physical Education.

mabeysekera
26 June 2018 5:53

Very interesting Dan. Thank you !
Having worked on a patented medical device that assists with overload I can vouch for and relate to your thoughts .We have found that this exists to an extra degree with gymnasts and ballet dancers as well. Pubic overload is an area which we can arrest, Mostly called osteitis pubis amongst our football fraternity in Australia..Absolutely agree with specialising occurring at age 14-15.

Dalibor Veber
10 February 2018 13:22

I would just like to recommend a great book on the subject, written by Istvan Balyi and others: “Long-Term Athlete Development”. Very nice talk, with few essential tips for everyday practice, thank you Dan!

Keep on the good work guys!!

Dr. János Tóth jr.
21 March 2018 17:18
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Okwuonu Ndubuisi
29 May 2021 0:22

Thank you Dr Dan and the FIFA Medical Team for this education. With respect to this piece of work on ” early specialization for the young athlete” , I would like to agree with you Dr Dan Exeter on, a permissible chronological age of about 14 years before settling on a particular sports based on the reasons shared on this video. But, if we also consider other factors responsible for choice of specialty in a particular sport, like the level of interest a particular child is having for a certain sport which most times forms their early drive and motivation… Read more »

ABDOURAHMANE
29 May 2021 8:16

Bonjour à tous! Je voulais rebondir par rapport au développement important que Dr Dan vient de révéler sur cette vidéo. Ce que le sport est est un sujet très sensible pour les pratiquants et une préoccupations forte pour ceux qui en veulent commencer. Il est important de savoir que dans le temps si on pratique le sport, surtout ceux qui sont au plus haut niveau de faire très attention au moment de la retraite. Je m’explique, ce que quand on décide d’arrêter de faire des exercices physique, il faut demander un conseille des personnes connaissant les conséquences. Le Corps et… Read more »

Prof Mathewwesjraa21
16 June 2021 15:51

Leatherhead Football Club Guildford Road Leatherhead Surrey KT22 9AS 01372 360151 http://www.leatherheadfc.com Due to the on-going infrastructural development going on Leatherhead Football Club, We want to use this medium to inform you that vacancies is now on Leatherhead Football Club UK. vacancies list: Medical Staff Medical Doctor Physiotherapist Fitness Trainer Secretary Manager Coaching Staff Physiotherapy Physical Therapist Clinical Operations Physical Therapy Technical Director Nurse Assistant Coach CARDIOLOGISTS do you have interest to work with our medical staff here in London UK, if yes you have interest kindly inbox me your c.v. resume We shall send you appointment letter (Benefit and… Read more »