Travel team confidential

565 elite youth athletes reveal how their sports impact their lives

Originally Published: June 26, 2013
By Eddie Matz | ESPN The Magazine

THIS SUMMER ESPN is collaborating with University of Florida prof Michael Sagas to research the inner lives of elite youth athletes ages 10 to 18 -- the first-ever national study of its kind. To get the ball rolling, Sagas and his colleagues recently surveyed 565 travel-caliber competitors at tournaments in 11 states, across nine sports, to uncover how our country's growing obsession with youth sports is impacting those who play. (This was just the preliminary inquiry; the final ...

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