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Is it Wise to Specialize?

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

6:30-7:30 p.m.

Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child
44 Blackburn Road, Summit, NJ 07901

Free and open to the public, but pre-registration required. This presentation is geared toward families with children in grades pre-K to 6.

Sports specialization in young athletes is defined as intensive yearlong training in a single sport at the exclusion of other sports. Sports specialization is not new. But recent studies have emerged linking early sports specialization to increased injury rates in college athletes.

During this event, we will explore the following considerations and concerns:

    1. Are athletes better prepared to play in college if they specializes early?
    2. Does sports specialization lead to emotional burnout?
    3. Does sports specialization lead to physical injuries?

Our Presenters:

Kelly Childs, Ph.D.
Dr. Kelly Childs, Oak Knoll School Director of Athletics, graduated from the College of the Holy Cross as an English major and two-year captain of the Division I softball team. Prior to Oak Knoll she was an Assistant Commissioner at the BIG EAST Conference after having been the Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing at Seton Hall University. She has an MBA in Marketing from Iona College and a Ph.D. in Education, Leadership, Management, and Policy from Seton Hall University.  
Melissa Maskery, Ed.D.

Dr. Melissa Maskery is Oak Knoll School's Assistant Director/Athletic Trainer. She received a bachelor’s degree in athletic training with a minor in strength and condition from the University of Delaware. She later earned a master’s in kinesiology with a concentration in athletic training from Temple University and an educational doctorate in leadership from Creighton University.

Prior to Oak Knoll, she served as an assistant athletic trainer at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, where she worked with the school’s Division I women’s volleyball and men’s lacrosse teams.