LAH archer competes in world championships with Team USA

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Los Altos Hills resident Erik Schwartz competes in the barebow class for Team USA at the recent World Archery 3D Championships in France.

When Erik Schwartz began shooting at the archery range across the street from the startup he worked at, the Los Altos Hills resident never imagined that he would be competing with Team USA six years later at the 2017 World Archery 3D Championships.

Local high school trainers agree: Specializing in a sport too early may lead to overuse injuries

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Los Altos High tennis player Nadia Ghaffari has played tennis year-round since age 7 but said she allows herself needed recovery time to avoid injuries.

The notion that kids should specialize in one sport at an early age to improve their chances of playing in college or even becoming the next LeBron James seems especially prevalent in Silicon Valley, where many parents have the means to pay for year-round club teams and private coaches.

However, recent research shows that specializing too early may be more harmful than beneficial. Such athletes are more likely to be injured than those who play multiple sports and are especially prone to overuse injuries, according to the medical journal Sports Health.

LA field hockey team off to best start in years

Field Hockey
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Los Altos High’s Elana Eisenberg, left, races a Lynbrook player for the ball.

Longtime Los Altos High field hockey coach Mary Donahue described this season as “different so far” – but in a good way.

The Eagles are off to their best start in more than a decade, with each win moving them closer to their mission to make the Central Coast Section playoffs.

CIF survey: Participation in high school sports at all-time high for 5th straight year

High school sports participation continues to increase in California and is at an all-time high for the fifth consecutive year, according to the 2017 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Sports Participation Survey released last month.

Up by 0.78 percent since last year’s survey, according to the CIF, 785,357 student-athletes are competing in education-based athletic programs in California.

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