Multisport Athletes

Walker believes that students benefit from participation in multiple sports rather than specializing in just one. 

The Walker Backers began presenting the Zaharias/Thorpe awards in 2016.  We look forward to honoring our 3-season athletes for years to come.  

Please read through the articles below to get a sense of why we believe so strongly in multisport participation. 

Promoting multi-sport athletes
Competitive youth sports in society
Specialization response
Specialization versus multi-sport athletes
Sport specialization
Sport specialization – A coach’s role in being honest with parents
Growth of non-school sports leads to fewer multi-sport athletes
Quarterback survey: Cross training helps
Changing the game in youth sports – Ted talk
NFHS case for multi-sport athletes
The Aspen Institute’s Project Play
The dangers of specialization
Sport specialization may predict injuries
One sport may be too much
Ruining the athlete
Generation knife
Single sport athletes don’t always win
Playing multiple sports builds better athletes
World Cup champions show benefits of playing multiple sports
Here's why you shouldn't pressure kids to specialize
Dr. James Andrews:  Don't specialize
Encouraging multisport participation 
Cuddyer's Corner (focus on versatility)
Advice on Multi-Sports - Jake Odorizzi
Encouraging multi-sport participation (NIAAA magazine)
Injury rates higher for athletes who specialize in one sport 
Study finds specialization leads to injury 
Highly Specialized Athletes More Likely to be Injured
How to Destroy Your Child's Athletic Future
QB Survey:  Cross Training Only Helps
The Dangers of Sport Specialization
Benefits of Participating in Multiple Sports