Anyone else really fascinated by how Europeans develop their young athletes vs American players? Europeans give talented young athletes the opportunity to focus on their particular sport and even go pro at an early age before 18. While US doesn’t let you go pro until 18 and NBA now makes player play at least 1 year in college where your time is split between school and development in sports before declaring for the NBA. A lot of sports development is done in the NCAA for sports before pro.
This study shows the value of multiple sports participation vs single for American NCAA athletes. I am a big believer in playing multiple sports, until probably at least 13-16 where you can tell if you got it in one particular sport. And I still agree with injury risks since throwing the baseball year round is for sure bad for you arm and such along with burn out.
But seeing how skilled Europeans are in basketball vs Americans recently. (US players are still imo more athletic overall) The skill and passing, the team play, the shooting in basketball is unreal. And with the World Cup results from men vs women for the US, I have to see it as more damning evidence of focusing in an early age.