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High school athletes, summer, taking a break

I didn’t really have a better idea on a headline for this. So I went for the basics.

Here’s what I want to know: Do you think it’s necessary to enforce a break for high school athletes (or, frankly, even younger athletes, still)?

A parent of an athlete who has made an oral commitment for a Division I scholarship said that he insists that his child take a break — and it’s a fairly lengthy break — to guard against burnout. I was fascinated. I have wondered if such parents existed anymore. I see parents of kids the same age as mine who have their kids in two sports at the same time all year long. I think it’s crazy.