Is It Wise to Specialize? Sports Specialization in Youth Athletes


About the Course
Designed for trainers and therapists who work with young athletes, this course covers the risks of sports specialization in youth and makes training recommendations to mitigate those risks and still achieve sports performance success. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Select the common features of sports specialization.?
  • Interpret the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial benefits to?early diversification and sports sampling.?
  • Construct a plan to recognize risk factors for recurrent and?overuse injuries in youth athletes.??
  • Devise a plan to implement evidence-informed injury?prevention strategies for youth and adolescent athletes.??
  • Differentiate youth and adolescent athletes into?classification groups through use of a specialization scale?. 

About the Author
J.D. Boudreaux received a Bachelor of Science degree from McNeese State University in 2003 as well as a Masters of Physical Therapy from LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport in 2005. In August of 2003, he became nationally certified as an athletic trainer and obtained his Sports Certified Specialist certification through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2011 and later recertified in 2021. He completed his EdD degree from the University of Louisiana Monroe in Curriculum and Instruction in the Fall of 2018. He has over fifteen years of experience as a dual credentialed sports medicine professional. He has spent seven years managing acute athletic injuries and directing the post-surgical rehabilitation of high-level athletes at the collegiate level. JD is the founder of EPIC Education and Consulting, LLC and is currently employed by a regional health system delivering care in an outpatient sports medicine clinic in conjunction with other medical professionals to a variety of individuals, including high school and collegiate athletes. 

How to Receive Credit

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  • Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

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