Exploring sport coaching and psychology
Exploring sport coaching and psychology

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Exploring sport coaching and psychology

1 One sport or many?

One of the dilemmas that parents, coaches and young people face is whether children should focus on one sport and attempt to excel at it or spread their sporting interest across many diverse sports. This is sometimes called the ‘specialisation or sampling’ debate. It is a common question in children’s sport.

Activity 1 Michael Johnson on early specialisation

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Those working in sports such as professional football, gymnastics, figure skating and maybe even tennis and golf would have mixed opinions on specialisation versus sampling. In the next section you get a taste of such views.

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