Play More Be More

The #PlayMoreBeMore campaign is all about helping Manitobans, especially parents, learn about the dangers of specializing in one sport at a young age vs the many benefits of kids playing multiple sports.

Playing a variety of sports will help young athletes:

  • Excel in their chosen sport.
    E.g. a hockey player who also continues to play volleyball and soccer – soccer is excellent for conditioning, change of direction abilities, and controlling a puck in skates, while volleyball is excellent for leg power and reaction skills. Another example is how cycling and skiing can develop lower body strength for a speed skater.
  • Benefit their overall athleticism.
  • Avoid overuse injuries that come with repeatedly doing the same sport over and over for several years.
  • Avoid burnout.
  • Have fun and walk away with a positive and enjoyable experience in sport and physical activity. 

 

Resources

We’ve collected a multitude of resources below that will help you learn more about the benefits behind the multi-sport message.

Questions about Play More Be More? Get in touch with us at performance@sportmanitoba.ca

Former Volleyball Player and Current Head Coach Mike Stephens Talks the Benefits of Playing Multiple Sports

Why Speed Skater Alexa Scott Values Playing Multiple Sports

The Multi-Sport Athlete: Why the Majority of Elite Athletes Make it to the Top of Their Sport

How Playing Multiple Sports Growing Up Impacted Hockey Player Brigette Lacquette

Benefits of Multi-Sport Summer Camp

Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) – Info for Parents – Coaching Association of Canada (CAC)

Sports Specialization and Intensive Training in Young Athletes – American Academy of Pediatrics

The Multi-Sport Advantage – Active for Life