To all the parents out there, I'd like to ask you a question:

What is your No. 1 fear for your children when they start to play competitive sports?

I think I can guess that the answer would be: Injury.

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As a loving and caring parent, it's no secret that you wish your child could stay healthy while playing sports and staying active.

And that's why I think it's so important to realize that the No. 1 risk factor for injury in sports is overuse.

The good news: Overuse is preventable.

The bad news: It may force your child to NOT play the same sport all year round.

The best news for your child is that playing multiple sports will help them not only become a better athlete but also prevent them from getting injured.

We find that many of the great athletes at the collegiate and professional level played more than one sport growing up. It's no wonder why they are healthy and skilled enough to make it to the professional ranks.

As a former athlete and now health professional, I can not be more blunt than this: If you truly want the best for your child, you will demand that they play multiple sports until at least they enter high school. 

It's a win-win for everyone. Please make the right decision!!