I highly recommend reading Jane Brody’s “Personal Health” column in today’s New York Times. “For Children in Sports, a Breaking Point” is about sports injuries to young athletes that are the result of overuse and overtraining.
“A major factor in the rising injury rate is the current emphasis on playing one sport all year long, which leaves no time for muscles and joints to recover from the inevitable microtrauma that occurs during practice and play,” according to Brody. “With increased specialization, there is no cross-training that would enable other muscles to strengthen and lighten the load.” — Dan Barr
Allaire Conte, a junior at Shadow Mountain High School at the time this photo was taken, was forced by a softball injury to complete her school year from home.