Los Altos Hills-trained endurance rider Wyatt participates in challenging 100-mile Tevis Cup

Jody Wyatt competes in an endurance sport that requires help from a four-legged friend.

Five to six days a week, she and her 11-year-old daughter, Leyla, rigorously train with their horses in open space preserves, often in Los Altos Hills. They do this to improve their endurance riding – an equestrian sport that requires riding horses anywhere from 5 to 100 miles over difficult terrain.

Poor air quality prompts games to be canceled at local schools

Smoky skies prompted the cancellation of several high school sporting events and practices last week – including Friday night’s homecoming football game at Los Altos.

The Eagles were looking to reschedule the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division game against Saratoga for Nov. 9, “but nothing is set in stone,” Los Altos athletic director Michelle Noeth said Friday.

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.

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