Episode 2

Talent Identification vs. Talent Development in Young Athletes

Should kids specialize in one sport at an early age, or should they play pick up sports for fun? We do know kids who specialize ealy get hurt at a much higher rate than those who play multiple sports.  John O’Sullivan, speaker and writer on sports science topics, gives us these facts and more. For more information, read up on John O'Sullivan on the TeamSnap Blog.


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Emily Cohen

TeamSnap Podcast host, Emily Cohen, dreams of living in a world where kids can enjoy sports for the pleasure of a well-hit ball, a faster time, or a corner goal – one without helicopter parents managing their every move. As a youth sports blogger, she’s been honored to write for TeamSnap for over half a decade, and now she’s taking her wit and wisdom to the airwaves with her new podcast that tackles issues relating to youth sports.

As a Cal grad and long-time Bay Area resident, Emily Cohen knows a thing or two about sports. With two very active teenage athletes, she is well-versed in bleacher-sitting and the conduct of sports parents – the good, the bad, and the ugly. Some topics close to her heart include sideline etiquette, injury prevention, and good old-fashioned sportsmanship.

When she’s not on the tennis court, at a game, or managing her kids’ teams, she’s writing snappy marketing copy for technology companies, walking her dog, or learning to play the drums.

Follow Emily’s podcasts and learn more about how to support your children in their athletic pursuits at podcast.teamsnap.com. You can also follow Emily on Twitter at @emilygcohen or email her at emily@emily-writes.com.

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