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

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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.

Hills resident returns to bike ride to honor friend


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Stephen Ciesinski prepares to ride in the Pan-Mass Challenge with Ann Bauer, the widow of his college friend Steve Bauer.

Stephen Ciesinski expected the 2013 Pan-Mass Challenge – an annual bike ride across Massachusetts to raise money for cancer research – to be his last. But the Los Altos Hills resident returned this year to honor good friend and longtime ride participant Steve Bauer, who died last fall.

“I agreed to ride the Pan-Mass Challenge one more time,” said Ciesinski, who last month pedaled 85 miles, from Wellesley to Bourne. “I actually rode Bauer’s bike alongside his friends and four other friends.”


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