On December 1, the Springfield College Sport Management Graduate Class of 2016 will be hosting a panel discussion on overuse injuries in sports and whether it is beneficial for young athletes to specialize in one sport. The panel will consist of Charlie Sullivan, the Springfield College head volleyball coach, Matt Rajotte, a professional physical therapist, Dr. Lynn Pantuosco, a sports medicine professor, and Dr. Corey Edgar, an orthopedic surgeon. The discussion will take place in the Fuller Arts Center at 7 p.m.
“We are confident that all attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the argument between specialization versus diversification,” Luke Blakely, a member of the Sport Management Class of ’16 said. “The open forum environment will encourage input from those in attendance and we hope that all can be contribute and be part of this event.”
The group decided on the panel when a discussion about the benefits of diversification and specialization could not be solved. With four respected panelists, all with diverse backgrounds, the issue will have various perspectives and offer insight on whether it is better for young athletes to pick one sport and perfect it, or if it is better to compete on multiple athletic fields.