[ CROWD CHEERS ] [ TICKING ] Alfonsi:
WE WERE SURPRISED TO LEARN THAT THERE’S
AN EPIDEMIC OF INJURIES AMONG YOUNG ATHLETES
IN AMERICA. EVERY YEAR,
NEARLY 1.5 MILLION KIDS SUFFER A SERIOUS
SPORTS-RELATED INJURY. Pandya:
BY THE TIME THESE KIDS
ARE 12 OR 13, THEY KNOW SOME ON THEIR TEAM
WHO’VE HAD AN ACL INJURY. AND HAVING MULTIPLE
ACL INJURIES IS
ALMOST THE NORM NOW. IT’S CRAZY TO ME THAT ALL THESE 12-YEAR-OLDS
KNOW WHAT AN ACL IS. I MEAN,
THIS IS THE NEW NORM. YEAH, IT’S ALMOST LIKE —
THEY’RE NOT EVEN SURPRISED. THERE IT IS! MANY OF THESE OVERUSE INJURIES HAPPEN IN KIDS
WHO ARE ENCOURAGED BY ADULTS TO PLAY ONLY ONE SPORT
ALL YEAR LONG. HE’S PLAYING WITH
A SPRAINED ANKLE? NO.
WELL,
HE CAN STAND, AND HE CAN THROW
STILL. AND BECAUSE
HIS FOOT HURTS, DOESN’T MEAN HE CAN’T
CATCH A BALL. SO YOU PUT
A BAND-AID ON HIM, AND OUT HE GOES.
OUT HE GOES. [ TICKING ] WHEN PEYTON MANNING BROKE THE RECORD FOR THE MOST
TOUCHDOWN PASSES THROWN IN NFL HISTORY LAST MONTH, HE MADE YET ANOTHER CLAIM TO THE TITLE OF
THE GREATEST QUARTERBACK EVER. IT’S EASY TO FORGET NOW
THAT JUST THREE YEARS AGO, MANNING THOUGHT HIS CAREER
MIGHT BE OVER DUE TO A NECK INJURY
AND SEVERAL MAJOR SURGERIES. AS CORRESPONDENT JACK FORD
REPORTED HERE IN SEPTEMBER, IT TOOK A SPECIAL, AND TOP-SECRET
REHABILITATION EFFORT WITH HIS OLD COLLEGE COACH,
DAVID CUTCLIFFE, NOW HEAD COACH AT DUKE, TO BRING MANNING BACK. HUP! RIGHT THERE!
EYES! EYES! OVER THE LINE!
EYES! EYES! WE WENT ABOUT AS ELEMENTARY
AND AS FUNDAMENTAL AS YOU CAN POSSIBLY DO
AND JUST BUILT FROM THERE, AND I PROBABLY CAME HERE,
YOU KNOW, EIGHT DIFFERENT TIMES, YOU KNOW, SPENDING WEEKS
AT A TIME AND JUST PRIVATE WORK, ONE-ON-ONE WORK. I WAS VERY SENSITIVE
ABOUT PEOPLE SEEING ME. I WAS NOT THE — THE —
YOU KNOW, THE PLAYER THAT I WAS, AND HE CREATED A VERY SAFE,
PRIVATE ENVIRONMENT WHERE THERE WERE ONLY A COUPLE
OF PEOPLE WATCHING ME THROW, BUT I COULD SEE MYSELF
JUST GETTING A LITTLE BIT BETTER AND A LITTLE BIT BETTER. I NEEDED SOMETHING LIKE THAT
TO GIVE ME THAT CONFIDENCE. THAT KIND OF CONFIDENCE
IS KEY TO ANY ATHLETE’S SUCCESS, ESPECIALLY ELITE ONES
LIKE PEYTON MANNING. YOU HAVE TO BE HEALTHY IN ORDER TO TAKE THE FIELD
AT ANY LEVEL AND WE WERE SURPRISED
TO FIND OUT THERE’S AN EPIDEMIC OF INJURIES
AMONG YOUNG ATHLETES IN AMERICA. EVERY YEAR,
NEARLY 1.5 MILLION KIDS SUFFER A SPORTS-RELATED INJURY SERIOUS ENOUGH TO WARRANT
A TRIP TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM. OUR STORY TONIGHT IS NOT ABOUT
THE FOOTBALL CONCUSSIONS WE’VE ALL HEARD SO MUCH ABOUT, BUT SOMETHING THAT ACTUALLY
HARMS MANY MORE KIDS — OVERUSE — A YOUNG BASEBALL PLAYER THROWING
TOO MANY PITCHES, FOR EXAMPLE, OR A GIRL
PLAYING TOO MUCH SOCCER ON STILL-DEVELOPING KNEES. IT’S HAPPENING
ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. BUT WE FOUND A STRIKING
MICROCOSM OF THE PROBLEM IN THE PATIENTS AND STAFF AT ONE CLINIC
IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. PEDIATRIC ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON
NIRAV PANDYA IS SCRUBBING IN FOR
HIS TUESDAY MORNING OPERATIONS AT OAKLAND CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL’S
CLINIC IN WALNUT CREEK, CALIFORNIA. Alfonsi: SO THREE OR FOUR
ACLs TODAY? THREE ACLs TODAY.
THREE ACLs. IS THIS A TYPICAL DAY? IT’S A PRETTY STANDARD DAY
FOR ME. KIND OF, FROM WEEK TO WEEK,
IT’LL BE TWO TO THREE ACLS, A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT
SPORTS INJURIES. SO VERY, VERY TYPICAL. ALL THREE
OF TODAY’S OPERATIONS ARE ON YOUNG SOCCER PLAYERS WITH TORN
ANTERIOR CRUCIATE LIGAMENTS — A 12-YEAR-OLD BOY,
AN 18-YEAR-OLD GIRL… Woman: FOR MEKAYLA? …AND 16-YEAR-OLD
MEKAYLA BERRINGER. OKAY, GOOD. HOW FAR
CAN YOU BEND IT BACK? TODAY WILL BE HER SECOND TIME
IN DR. PANDYA’S OPERATING ROOM. ANY NEW PAINS? A LITTLE MORE
THAN A YEAR AGO, HE REPAIRED THE LIGAMENT
IN HER RIGHT KNEE AFTER IT GAVE WAY
AS SHE RAN DOWN THE FIELD. RIGHT SIDE STILL TREATING
YOU ALL RIGHT?
YEP. MM-HMM. MEKAYLA WENT THROUGH
NINE MONTHS OF REHAB, AND HAD BARELY RETURNED
TO PLAYING AT FULL SPEED WHEN SHE WAS HIT IN A GAME
AND TORE HER LEFT ACL. Alfonsi:
ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT GETTING BACK ON THE FIELD
RIGHT NOW? YEAH. IT’S LIKE THE ONE THING
ON MY MIND. THAT YOU WANT TO
GET BACK OUT THERE? OR WHETHER
YOU SHOULD OR NOT? BOTH.
YEAH. WHAT’S YOUR GUT
TELLING YOU RIGHT NOW AS YOU SIT HERE TODAY ABOUT
TO DO YOUR SECOND ACL SURGERY? THAT I SHOULD
GET BACK ON THE FIELD.
YOU SHOULD? AND WHY IS THAT
IMPORTANT TO YOU? IT’S LIKE MY LIFE. IT’S THE ONLY THING THAT, LIKE, I’M REALLY
PASSIONATE ABOUT. MM-HMM. AND I HAVE, LIKE,
A GREAT SUPPORT SYSTEM. I HAVE A GREAT TEAM. I HAVE GREAT PARENTS,
GREAT FRIENDS THAT ARE TELLING ME
THAT I SHOULDN’T GIVE UP. AND I DON’T WANT TO. MEKAYLA IS JUST ONE OF THOUSANDS OF FEMALE
SOCCER PLAYERS IN AMERICA WHO WILL SUFFER
A TORN KNEE LIGAMENT THIS YEAR. IT’S KIND OF THE —
YOU KNOW, KIND OF THE PLAGUE OF FEMALE SOCCER PLAYERS. IT’S THE MULTIPLE
ACL INJURIES. IT’S JUST SUCH A PART
OF THE SPORT. AND, YOU KNOW, BY THE TIME
THESE KIDS ARE 12 OR 13, THEY KNOW SOMEONE ON THEIR TEAM
WHO’VE HAD AN ACL INJURY. AND TO HAVE MULTIPLE
ACL INJURIES IS ALMOST THE NORM NOW. YOU TEAR ONE SIDE,
YOU’RE GONNA TEAR
THE OTHER SIDE. OR YOU TEAR THAT
SAME ONE AGAIN. YOU HAVE ANOTHER SURGERY. IT IS CRAZY TO ME THAT ALL THESE 12-YEAR-OLDS
KNOW WHAT AN ACL IS. I MEAN, I DIDN’T KNOW
WHAT AN ACL WAS WHEN I WAS THEIR AGE, AND I CERTAINLY DIDN’T KNOW
ANYBODY WHO HAD SURGERY.
RIGHT. BUT THIS IS THE NEW NORM? YEAH. IT’S ALMOST LIKE —
THEY’RE NOT EVEN SURPRISED. MEKAYLA’S SECOND ACL SURGERY
TOOK NEARLY TWO HOURS. DOCTOR PANDYA
REPLACED THE TORN LIGAMENT WITH A NEW ONE HE BUILT USING ONE OF HER
HAMSTRING MUSCLES. HEY GUYS.
Man: HEY.
EVERYTHING WENT GREAT. OKAY, EVERYTHING
WENT AWESOME, OKAY? HER PARENTS,
WHO ARE BOTH NURSES, KNOW THE DRILL ALL TOO WELL. READY?
YEP. THEY STARTED
ANOTHER NINE-MONTH REHAB PROCESS THE VERY NEXT DAY, HOOKING MEKAYLA UP TO A MACHINE
TO KEEP HER LEG MOVING UP TO 12 HOURS A DAY. Alfonsi: HOW LIKELY
DO YOU THINK IT IS THAT SHE’S BACK
PLAYING SOCCER AGAIN? DO YOU WANT HER
TO GET BACK ON THE FIELD? I DO.
WE ENJOY WATCHING HER PLAY. AND ESPECIALLY WHEN
SHE’S PLAYING WELL. AND I THINK
SHE REALLY LIKES IT. BUT, YOU KNOW,
IT HAS TO BE HER CHOICE. DO YOU GET NERVOUS WATCHING
HER GET BACK ON THE FIELD? YES. YEAH. EVERY TIME. MANY KIDS CAN AND DO COME BACK
AND COMPETE AGGRESSIVELY AFTER ACL SURGERY. OKAY, I’M GONNA
STRAIGHTEN IT OUT. BUT SOME ALSO DEVELOP
OSTEOARTHRITIS IN AS LITTLE AS 10 YEARS. AND THAT CAN PUT THEM OUT
OF ATHLETIC ACTION FOR LIFE. Pandya: I TELL THESE KIDS
AND THESE PARENTS, “I WANT YOU TO BE ABLE
TO RUN AROUND WITH YOUR
KIDS WHEN YOU’RE 30, “NOT HAVE THAT SACRIFICED
RIGHT NOW JUST TO SIMPLY GET BACK
TO PLAY SOCCER WHEN YOU’RE 13.” BUT I MEAN, THAT’S
A HARD CONVERSATION
TO HAVE WITH A KID, ‘CAUSE THEY CAN’T EVEN
IMAGINE BEING 30, RIGHT?
RIGHT, EXACTLY. THEY’RE JUST THINKING
ABOUT THEY WANT TO GET
OUT THERE AND PLAY. GOOD TO SEE YOU.
HOW ARE YOU DOING? IT’S NOT
JUST SOCCER PLAYERS. SO WHAT’S THE BIG SPORT
TO GET BACK TO? SWIMMING.
SWIMMING, OKAY. DR. PANDYA’S CLINIC IS ALSO
FILLED WITH YOUNG GYMNASTS… ROUND-OFF,
BACK HANDSPRING.
…AND WRESTLERS… THERE’S STILL A LITTLE SWELLING
STILL IN THE KNEE, OKAY? …AND BASEBALL PLAYERS. THERE IT IS. THE AMERICAN SPORTS MEDICINE
INSTITUTE SAYS THAT SINCE 2000,
IT’S SEEN A FIVE-FOLD INCREASE IN SERIOUS ELBOW
AND SHOULDER INJURIES AMONG
YOUTH BASEBALL PLAYERS. VERY NICE. 14-YEAR-OLD JESUS HERNANDEZ, SWINGING THE BAT
UNDER THE WATCHFUL EYE OF HIS GRANDMOTHER
KITTY BROWN, WHOA! [ LAUGHS ] HAD HIS SHOULDER REPAIRED
BY DR. PANDYA EARLIER THIS YEAR. VERY NICE. AND DID THAT PUT YOU OUT OF
THE GAME FOR A LITTLE WHILE? YEAH, IT TOOK — PUT ME OUT
FOR ABOUT EIGHT MONTHS. WHAT WAS THAT LIKE,
NOT BEING ABLE TO PLAY BASEBALL FOR EIGHT MONTHS?
IT WAS AWFUL. IT WAS AWFUL. HE WAS LIKE
A CAGED ANIMAL. THEN THEY RELEASED HIM
TO START SWINGING THE BAT, HE WENT IN THERE
AND SWANG THE BAT. DIDN’T SWING IT A LITTLE,
SWANG IT A LOT. VERY, VERY NICE. KIDS ARE DOING A LOT OF WHATEVER SPORT THEY CHOOSE, BETWEEN PRIVATE TRAINING,
TEAM PRACTICES, TOURNAMENTS, AND PLAYING
FOR MULTIPLE TEAMS. IT’S NOT UNCOMMON
TO HEAR OF GIRLS PLAYING 140,
150 GAMES A YEAR. WHAT DOES THAT DO TO
A 14-YEAR-OLD GIRL’S BODY? I THINK THE BODY’S JUST
NOT PREPARED FOR THAT. I MEAN, FEMALES ARE STILL
GROWING AT THAT TIME POINT. AND I THINK A LOT OF TIMES,
PEOPLE THINK ABOUT, “WELL, YOU KNOW, THE PROBLEM
IS YEAR-ROUND SPORTS.” NOT NECESSARILY
YEAR-ROUND SPORTS. IT’S DOING THE SAME THING
YEAR-ROUND. IT’S JUST LIKE ANYTHING ELSE,
IF YOU KNOW, IN LIFE, IF YOU’RE DOING THE SAME THING
REPETITIVELY, AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN, THE BODY IS GOING TO
BREAK DOWN FROM THAT. SO HOW’S THE LEG FEELING
OVERALL? IT’S BEEN HURTING
A LITTLE BIT. JESSICA VIERA RAMIREZ
IS A SOCCER GOALIE TRYING TO COME BACK
FROM HER LATEST INJURY, A TORN QUAD MUSCLE. I WANT YOU TO BEND IT
ALL THE WAY BACK. FOR BOTH JESSICA
AND HER MOM DENEEN… ARE YOU GOOD
TO GET AN MRI? VISITS TO DR. PANDYA
HAVE BECOME ALMOST ROUTINE. LET’S CHECK
EVERYTHING ELSE HERE. GIVE ME THE RUNDOWN OF
THE INJURIES YOU’VE HAD. BIGGEST ONE WOULD BE
MY ANKLE. I DID HAVE RECONSTRUCTION
SURGERY ON IT. I GUESS I’LL START
FROM THE BOTTOM UP. SO THREE ANKLE SPRAINS
ON THE RIGHT, WHICH IS WHY
I HAD THE SURGERY. MOVING UP,
THE TORN QUAD RIGHT NOW. I DID HAVE A HAIRLINE FRACTURE
IN MY PELVIS. I BROKE MY COLLARBONE.
JUST– THAT SNAPPED IN HALF. AND THEN DISLOCATED
MY SHOULDER TWICE, AND THEN HAD
ONE CONCUSSION. WHEN SHE STARTS
FROM HER TOES AND COMES UP TO THE TOP
WITH ALL THE INJURIES, DO YOU EVER THINK,
“ENOUGH’S ENOUGH”? WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT? I’VE SEEN KIDS
GET MORE INJURIES, AND THEY DON’T
PLAY SPORTS. JESSICA USED TO PLAY
MULTIPLE SPORTS. BUT A FEW YEARS AGO,
SHE WAS PRESSURED — LIKE SO MANY OTHER
PROMISING YOUNG ATHLETES — TO SPECIALIZE. I’D SAY FRESHMAN YEAR
OF HIGH SCHOOL, I HAD TO MAKE THE CHOICE
BETWEEN SOCCER AND BASKETBALL. AND I REALLY TRIED
DOING BOTH, BUT THE VARSITY COACH
FOR SOCCER WAS JUST LIKE,
“NO, YOU JUST GOT TO — YOU REALLY GOT TO
JUST CHOOSE ONE NOW.” JESSICA, WHO HAS DUAL U.S.
AND MEXICAN CITIZENSHIP, DEVELOPED INTO
A GOOD ENOUGH GOALIE TO BE INVITED TO PLAY FOR
MEXICO’S NATIONAL YOUTH TEAM. BUT PLAYERS WHO AREN’T
AS GOOD AS SHE IS ALSO FEEL THE PRESSURE
TO PICK A SINGLE SPORT. HOW EARLY
ARE KIDS SPECIALIZING NOW? I’M SEEING KIDS
AS YOUNG AS 7 OR 8.
7 OR 8? CAN YOU TELL AT 7 OR 8 IF A KID’S GONNA BE
THE NEXT DEREK JETER OR THE NEXT TIGER WOODS? NOT AT ALL.
AND I THINK THAT — A LOT OF PARENTS,
THEY KIND OF SEE STORIES. THEY HEAR ABOUT TIGER WOODS AND THEY HEAR ABOUT
THESE PEOPLE THAT STARTED PLAYING SPORTS
AT A YOUNG AGE AND THEY FEEL THAT THAT’S
THE WAY THAT THEY NEED TO GO. WHEN I WAS GROWING UP,
IT WAS THE — IN HIGH SCHOOL,
FOR EXAMPLE, IT WAS THE THREE-SPORT ATHLETE
THAT WAS IDEALIZED. IF YOU HAD LETTERS
IN THREE SPORTS, THAT MADE YOU THE EPITOME OF
WHAT AN ATHLETE WAS ALL ABOUT. PROFESSOR JAY COAKLEY IS THE AUTHOR OF
A WIDELY-USED TEXTBOOK ON THE ROLE OF SPORT
IN SOCIETY. HE SAYS MOST ATHLETES TODAY DON’T GET THE CHANCE
TO PLAY MULTIPLE SPORTS. WHERE IS THAT PRESSURE
TO SPECIALIZE COMING FROM? AS PUBLIC PROGRAMS
HAVE FADED, BEGINNING IN THE 1980s
THROUGH TODAY, PRIVATE PROGRAMS
HAVE TAKEN THEIR PLACE. AND THEY’VE BEEN DEVELOPED BY WHAT I CALL
YOUTH SPORT ENTREPRENEURS. AND, SO, YOU KNOW,
IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE TO MAKE YOUR LIVING
AS A SPORT ENTREPRENEUR JUST WITH A SINGLE SEASON. SO, THEY’VE COME UP
WITH A RATIONALE FOR PLAYING MULTIPLE SEASONS
IN A SINGLE SPORT DURING A GIVEN YEAR, GOING TO CAMPS
BETWEEN THE SEASONS, GOING TO TOURNAMENTS
PRE- AND POST-SEASON SO THAT THEY HAVE DUES-PAYING
MEMBERS 12 MONTHS A YEAR, WHICH KEEPS THE FOOD
ON THE TABLE FOR THEM
AND THEIR FAMILIES. Man: THATAGIRL! Alfonsi:
THIS GIRLS SOCCER TOURNAMENT
IN OCTOBER, FOR EXAMPLE, DREW OVER 400 TEAMS,
WHO PAID NEARLY $400,000 IN ENTRY FEES ALONE. [ WHISTLE BLOWS ] MANY OF THE GIRLS ON
THESE FIELDS, AND THEIR PARENTS, SHARE THE SAME DREAM. Deneen: THESE GIRLS
WANT TO PLAY COLLEGE. YOU WORKED YOUR TAIL OFF
TO GET INTO THESE SHOWCASES BECAUSE THOSE ARE WHERE
THE COACHES ARE FOR PAC-12
OR YOUR BIG 10. THOSE SHOWCASES
ARE TOURNAMENTS WHICH COLLEGE COACHES ATTEND
TO ASSESS YOUNG TALENT. [ WHISTLE BLOWS ] INJURIES HAVE CAUSED JESSICA
TO MISS SEVERAL SHOWCASES WHERE SHE WAS HOPING TO BE
OFFERED A SCHOLARSHIP. HER MOM SAYS WITHOUT ONE, SHE WON’T BE ABLE
TO AFFORD COLLEGE. SHE’S GOT TO
GET BACK OUT THERE. AND THERE’S THAT
WHOLE PRESSURE. AND I THINK PART OF IT’S
HER OWN — SHE’S GOT TO GET
BACK OUT THERE BECAUSE… HER OWN PRESSURE, HER OWN —
BECAUSE WHY? WHY DOES SHE HAVE TO
GET BACK OUT THERE? TO BE SEEN BY WHO?
THE NUMBER ONE THING THE COLLEGES ARE SAYING
TO HER RIGHT NOW, “WE NEED TO SEE YOU
ON THE FIELD “AND WE NEED TO SEE YOU
NOT INJURED RIGHT NOW. WE NEED TO SEE YOU
AT YOUR TOP GAME.” WE’RE GETTING THERE. WHEN WE SPOKE,
JESSICA AND DENEEN WERE HOPING DR. PANDYA
WOULD CLEAR HER TO PLAY IN TIME FOR A BIG SHOWCASE
OVER THANKSGIVING. BUT THE BIGGEST ONE
IS THE ONE IN NOVEMBER. I THINK THAT’S ABSOLUTELY
A REASONABLE GOAL. JESSICA AND HER MOM
HAVE ALWAYS FOLLOWED HIS ADVICE. BUT HE SAYS NOT EVERYONE
IS SO PATIENT. Pandya:
THE INTERESTING THING IS, A LOT OF THE TIME
THE PARENTS, THE FIRST QUESTION
THEY ARE ASKING IS, “WHEN CAN HE
GET BACK ON THE FIELD? WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU, THAT THE FIRST QUESTION OUT
OF SOME PARENT’S MOUTH IS, “HOW QUICKLY CAN HE
GET BACK ON THE FIELD?” I REALLY THINK
IT’S JUST — IT TOTALLY TELLS ME WHERE
THE PARENT’S PRIORITIES ARE. AND I THINK IT ALL COMES
FROM A GOOD PLACE. I THINK THAT
A LOT OF THESE PARENTS WANT THEIR KIDS
TO SUCCEED. “WELL, MY KID’S ON
THAT PATH TO BECOME A
PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE,” OR, “HE WANTS TO GET THAT
DIVISION I SCHOLARSHIP.” AND IT’S LIKE, “YOU KNOW, YOUR SON
JUST HAD A MAJOR INJURY,” YOU KNOW,
“OR YOUR DAUGHTER.” AND I THINK
THAT THAT’S IT — REALLY OUR PRIORITIES
ARE NOT IN THE RIGHT PLACE. Alfonsi:
AND THERE ARE PLENTY OF LEAGUES AND COACHES
AND COMPANIES PUSHING THOSE
MISPLACED PRIORITIES, WITH EVERYTHING FROM
YEAR-ROUND YOUTH TOURNAMENTS TO SLICK VIDEO RESUMES…
HI, I’M JOHN HOLLAND. I GO TO JACKSON LIBERTY
HIGH SCHOOL. …FOR YOUNG PLAYERS HOPING
TO IMPRESS COLLEGE RECRUITERS. Coakley:
WE’VE INSTITUTIONALIZED
THIS SYSTEM WITHIN WHICH
THESE SPORT ENTREPRENEURS ARE NOT DELIBERATELY
DECEIVING PARENTS. BUT IMPLICITLY,
THEY’RE DECEIVING THEM BY SAYING
THAT THEY CAN TAKE THEM TO WHERE THE PARENTS WANT
THEIR CHILDREN TO GO. THE NEXT LEVEL? THE NEXT LEVEL. WHAT THEY
MAY NOT TELL PARENTS IS JUST HOW HARD IT IS
TO GET TO THAT NEXT LEVEL. IN SOCCER FOR EXAMPLE, THERE ARE JUST 2,000
COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS A YEAR, AND HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS
OF KIDS CHASING THEM. IF YOU WERE GOING TO
A RACE TRACK AND THERE WAS A HORSE THAT HAD
100-TO-1 ODDS ON IT, YOU’D NEVER BET ON IT. BUT PEOPLE ARE MAKING THAT BET
ON THEIR CHILDREN EVERY DAY. YOU ALL GOOD?
YEAH. KITTY BROWN
IS MAKING THAT BET ON THE BASEBALL DREAMS
OF HER GRANDSON JESUS. WHAT DO YOU WANT FOR YOUR
GRANDSON OUT OF ALL THIS? I WANT THE BEST. I WANT HIM TO BE
A BASEBALL PLAYER. AND WHERE DO YOU THINK
HE’LL PLAY? A’S, OAKLAND A’S!
THE OAKLAND A’S. OAKLAND A’S!
THAT’S HIS DREAM. HE WANTS TO BE
AN OAKLAND A’S PLAYER. JESUS TOLD US
HE HOPES THE A’S WILL DRAFT HIM
RIGHT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL. BEAUTIFUL. Alfonsi:
THE ODDS OF GETTING IN
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ARE SO SMALL. WHY DO YOU THINK
YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO DO IT? BECAUSE I CAN HIT BETTER
THAN MOST OF THE KIDS MY AGE. I LOOK AT ALL THE OTHER KIDS
AND HOW THEY HIT. IT’S NOT LIKE MINE. LET’S GET
BACK UP THE MIDDLE. THAT’S WHERE
THE MONEY IS. BEAUTIFUL. VERY NICE. Alfonsi:
YOU THINK YOU’VE GOT IT. YEAH. I GOT THE EDGE.
I GOT THE EDGE. BUT THE DAY WE TALKED,
HIS EDGE WAS DULLED A BIT, NOT JUST BY HIS
SURGICALLY REPAIRED SHOULDER, BUT ALSO BY A FOOT INJURY
HE’D JUST SUFFERED IN PRACTICE. HE STILL PLAYS. THE UPPER PART BODY
IS STILL WORKING, SO. HE’S PLAYING WITH
A SPRAINED ANKLE? NO.
WELL, HE CAN STAND, AND HE CAN THROW STILL. BECAUSE HIS FOOT HURTS DOESN’T MEAN
THAT HE CAN’T CATCH A BALL. SO YOU PUT A BAND-AID ON HIM
AND OUT HE GOES. OUT HE GOES. Alfonsi: DO YOU EVER LOOK AT
ONE OF YOUR PATIENTS WHO’S HAD MULTIPLE INJURIES
AND JUST SAY, “JUST STOP”? YES, AND I HAVE —
DO THEY LISTEN TO YOU? MOST OF THE TIME, THEY DON’T.
THEY STILL KEEP GOING. [ TICKING ] — Captions by VITAC —
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  • December 22, 2014 at 10:38 am
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    First!

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  • December 22, 2014 at 11:18 am
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    This is usual for all kids in sports especially because they don't rest and explore the possibility of other sports. They need to learn the necessity of breaks a week or 2 off the sport with recovery will go a long way .

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  • December 23, 2014 at 10:33 pm
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    I think they are sensationalizing this a bit. However, if we would replace some of the useless subjects we are taught in middle school and high school with useful classes such as nutrition, more about the human body, when our bodies need rest or the minimum we should be exercising, we would have less problems in general with obesity, injuries etc.

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  • June 14, 2015 at 8:22 am
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    These parents who are putting so much pressure on their kids to succeed in athletics are completely unrealistic. Sports Illustrated did an article about high school and college athletics and it reported that there is only a 1-in-14 chance (that's about 7%) that a player will make it to Major League Baseball and for the NFL and NBA, that number is around 2%. And even for those players who do make it, the average career span of a professional athlete is 4 years. It reminds me of something I heard on television once. All parents have a tendency to believe that their children are "geniuses" and perhaps one child in a million truly is. Just try telling the parents of the other 999,999 children that their kids aren't.

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  • August 6, 2015 at 11:37 pm
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    PEyton mannings HUGE head hahaha

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  • August 7, 2015 at 10:16 pm
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    that mom was annoying as fuck

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  • October 8, 2015 at 7:37 pm
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    Sorry seems like the are dramatizing this a bit. Yeah at 12 I didn't know what an ACL was but the technology and social media was not developed like today where anytime a professional athlete is injuried its tweeted and retweeted and shared and then the video on youtube comes up, the the organization documents the comeback of the athlete. All, that social and world wide exposure. I tore my ACL when I was 20 playing pick up basketball and I played volleyball, basketball, and lacrosse and played lacrosse year round and tore my ACL playing pick up ball so I think they are exaggerating a bit.

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  • January 5, 2016 at 7:44 am
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    I've been playing sports my whole life and never had a major injury like these

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  • February 26, 2016 at 10:28 pm
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    Figure skaters don't have the luxury of taking time off to recover from injuries, the coaches make sure of that. The term "ladies figure skating" is a misnomer; it's a little-girl sport that demands little-girl specifications. There is a very narrow window of opportunity in a figure skater's career; she will try to keep it open by any means necessary, before puberty rears its ugly head and the window slams shut. Game over!

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  • March 25, 2016 at 10:18 pm
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    Hey everyone, the best results that I have ever had was with the Simple Sports Goldmine (i found it on google) without a doubt the best treatment that I've tried.

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  • May 31, 2016 at 2:10 am
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    Got really close to tearing mine playing mens high school lacrosse. I dodged a bullet with mine

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  • September 19, 2016 at 4:09 am
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    Parents too much pressure on their kids it's should be education and then sports

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  • June 20, 2017 at 4:39 am
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    It's almost impossible for a healthy athetic child in his prime to get injured unless serious damage is cause. A long as the body grows it heals and recovers 4-5 times faster than an adult who stopped growing, the blood flows 3 times faster, everything is perfect. So if your kid gets injuries, there either is something medical, or the coach does not know what he or she is doing (the reason for most cases). I was a pro male gymnast for 17 yrs, i trained anywhere from 5-8 hours a day 6 times a week..and I never got an injury as a child or a teen. There is so much more I could educate parents on but there is no space to write. Not all kids are build for professional sports :))

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  • September 16, 2017 at 11:11 am
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    here's advice..I was fortunate to play preseason with the Atlanta Falcons..NEVER ONCE,did my father or mother push me.It at has to come within..thats it!!

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  • November 3, 2017 at 4:55 am
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    I know that for me it would be completely unsustainable to play more than one sport. I currently play roller derby and skate both inline and quad speed skating. even just these three, which all use VERY similar muscle groups required specialized training. while I do cross-train by rock-climbing, lifting and doing yoga, I could never attempt to be competitive at any of those things. I could never imagine playing 2 sports like baseball and soccer. while the endurance and physical strength would translate from both there are so many factors that wouldn't. by spreading yourself between two vastly different sports you could never expect yourself to become as good at both.
    it's completely understandable that youth athletes are being pushed to specialize in one sport. you could never keep up with the competition otherwise.
    I'm not saying that this is a good thing but I'm saying it makes way more sense than these reporter and doctors are willing to admit.

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  • November 10, 2017 at 12:22 pm
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    poor parents paying all those bills lol

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  • December 1, 2017 at 6:52 am
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    the whole time showtime sports just doesn't want to admit #1 people getting injured are WOMEN ATHLETES thats because women are not built for sports, but feminist wan't to continue pushing this lie that women are big strong warriors. soccer, baseball, basketball and foot ball are are MALE DESIGNED SPORTS! forcing a women to become a man is a social crime, shame on show time for encouraging women to participate in unhealthy behaviors

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  • March 11, 2018 at 5:30 pm
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    They are NOT sensationalising this! I have wrestled since the age of 6. I wrestled for 25 years. I was a State Champion. I have had 14 surgeries. However, this was all MY choice. My parents never pushed me. I was also a four sport athlete. I played football, wrestling, baseball and track. I coached for 10 years. That's more than 35 years of high school athletics. This shit is REAL!

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  • March 11, 2018 at 5:36 pm
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    Sorry, but anyone on here who doesn't "get it" doesn't know what the fuck they are talking about. I'm now 58 years old. This shit will fuck with you for the rest of your life. Just because you played basketball with neighbour Bobby Thompson since middle school doesn't put you into the same category. I lost more than 10% of my body weight every year from age 12 to 21 so that I could just compete. How about you?

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  • April 20, 2018 at 1:21 pm
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    Not enough preparation before a game and no workout for legs

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  • May 27, 2018 at 2:20 am
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    I’m 14 and a softball player that plays 3-6 times a week and I have chronic shoulder instability, and I’ve dislocated it 5 times in the past 10 months. I’m going to physiotherapy and I am getting surgery within the next year.

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  • July 13, 2018 at 3:25 am
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    Someone might need to call child protective services on these parents. They are going to run their kids into the ground. With all those injuries at such a young age, I doubt any pro league would even consider them. And you can tell by the interviews, the parents do most of the talking and they have they obsession in their attitudes. They really think their kid will be bringing home the Nike money.

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  • August 28, 2018 at 1:19 am
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    Sports parents can be seriously detrimental to their kids mental health…..

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  • August 31, 2018 at 5:56 pm
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    Grandma is delusional and stupid

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  • September 11, 2018 at 12:53 pm
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    The parents are derelict .this is sad.

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  • November 30, 2018 at 6:45 pm
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    Dislike for this because the title is a lie 1/10 dont recomend

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  • February 24, 2019 at 6:37 pm
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    You know the problem with this is that it teaches kids not to prep for the extended future. I was indoctrinated into that mindset of "give everything to football now, deal with everything else later" and it almost costed me my collegiate academic career. I was a great scientist coming out of high school, but I was so into football that I didnt even know what I wanted to do or who Inwas outside of football. I'm thankful that my professors showed me my potential I had to become a scientist and a doctor and I'm also thankful for those huge players playing DB. I was able to make that business decision and now, 10 yrs later, both my wife and I are scientists, musicians, artists, college tutors, mentors, and on the way to medical school. Our kids will be protected from such brainwashing. College can be afforded, dont believe the lies

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