Katey Stone: An Olympic Coach's Take On Early Specialization
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PCA National Advisory Board Member Katey Stone (@kbstone9) is one of the most successful coaches in the history of Division 1 Women’s Ice Hockey. As head coach of the Harvard Crimson for the past 18 seasons, she has accumulated 378 victories and has led the team to several NCAA Championship appearances. She also coached the U.S. Women's Ice Hockey team to a Silver Medal in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
In this clip, Stone suggests that there are more benefits to competing in multiple sports than specializing in one sport early. Athletes can learn skills like anticipation, strength, instinct and gain general athletic awareness in any sport. Yet, athletes who compete in multiple sports receive a different perspective and hear varying advice on their overall athletic performance, a crucial component to athletic growth. Stone explains that this is refreshing for athletes so that when they pick one sport later in their career, they are more engaged both mentally and physically.