In recent years, there have been a multitude of other sports enter the mainstream options for young athletes. For instance, team sports like soccer and lacrosse are now just as common as baseball, football, and basketball. Children are also starting to join teams at younger ages, which means that training – some of which can be quite intensive depending upon the competitiveness and “select” nature of the team – begins earlier as well. And, while it may seem like your little basketball player is going to be the next Michael Jordan, it’s always good to remember that “specializing” in a sport – especially at a young age – can often times do more harm than good. This is due to the fact that kids who concentrate on a single sport at too young an age are much more likely to develop foot and ankle injuries (not to mention burnout) when compared to their more mature counterparts.