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Brad Stevens: Playing Muliple Sports Leads To Better Athletes

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Brad Stevens (@BCCoachStevens) -- PCA National Advisory Board Member and Head Coach for the Boston Celtics -- is known as a positive coach. Before joining the Celtics, he rose to prominence as the preternaturally calm and cool coach of the Butler University basketball team that he led to consecutive NCAA title game appearances.

In this video, Stevens explains that sport specialization in young athletes hinders their athletic development. He strongly believes that athletes should play as many sports as they can for as long as possible. Although some succeed with early specialization, Stevens says he he has seen it cause too many young athletes to burn out.

The benefits of remaining a multiple-sport athlete include stoking passion for play and competition that keeps kids hooked on sports, so they maintain healthy lifestyles and take all the personal growth and development opportunities available through sports. Stevens also appreciates the diversity of experience a multi-sport athlete gains by having a wider variety of teammates.