Mountjoy M, Bergeron MF.

Sport is rich with remarkable stories of successful youth athletes: Wayne Gretzky, the ‘Great One’ of ice hockey, Alexandre Despastie, the Commonwealth Games diving gold medallist at the age of 13, and Janet Evans, the child prodigy in the swimming pool. But sadly, these legendary stories of success in youth sport do not always have such a storybook ending. All too often, youth athlete sport careers are ended prematurely by preventable sport-related injury from ill-informed training and competition regimens, or as a consequence of unrelenting undue psychological stress from unrealistic expectations and adult-induced pressures.

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