Today’s post is a follow-up to my “10,000 Hours” post from a few days ago. I received an email today from Mike Boyle’s website Strength Coach.com talking about the 10,000 Hour Theory and sports. This article is by Max Prokopy and his theory is that athleticism is developed by playing multiple sports and not specializing in any one sport too early in a child’s life. I’d have to agree with him on this. I think it’s much better to have a broad athletic experience and let a child gravitate to the sport they enjoy the most. I grew up playing everything I could, whether it was on an organized team or just a pick-up game with my friends in the neighborhood. When I was introduced to tennis at 15 I knew this was the game for me. I only wish I had found it earlier!
One of the best tennis players of all time (and still one of the best in his 50’s) was John McEnroe. He grew up playing many sports which benefitted his tennis. Many say you can’t be successful now-a-days with this model, but I beg to differ. A modern example of this theory is John Isner. He also played many sports growing up and then went the collegiate tennis route (usually unheard of for a pro tennis player in this day and age); and look at where he is today.
Check out the full article here: 10,000 Hours and Early Specialization in Sports: Mutually Inclusive? by Max Prokopy. And, get out and play something, anything–but preferably tennis.
See you on the courts!
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