Sports specialization is causing injury in youth athletes at an alarming rate! The Fischer Institute of Physical Therapy believes most of these injuries can be avoided.  We believe these injuries have reached epidemic proportions.

Brett Fischer used to see Tommy John Surgery in 25 to 28 year old athletes. Now he is seeing it in 13 year-old kids. What has happened to simple joy of the game and playing for fun when we push our athletes so hard they need surgeries at half the age they used to need them?

Listen to Brett explain to John what is lacking in youth sports performance.  Learn how parents can help young athletes remain healthy and play longer.  Lets make it fun and still get the work you need from even the highest-level athletes.

The mission of the Changing the Game Project is to ensure that we return youth sports to our children, and put the ‘play’ back in ‘play ball.’  We want to provide the most influential adults in our children’s lives – their parents and coaches – with the information and resources they need to make sports a healthy, positive, and rewarding experience for their children, and their whole family.

Why Are We Discussing this Topic? 

Brett Fischer and the Fischer Institute of physical therapy team are the authorities on physical therapy and sports performance.  Athletes from all over the globe travel to Fischer Institute for services from the world renown center.  The injuries the therapists are seeing in today’s youth are avoidable.  Injuries arise from many factors related to sports specialization.

Together, John and Brett share an important message for parents. Find out how to keep sports fun and avoid the pitfalls of organized sports.  It is possible to keep sports fun and avoid injury. Listen and learn. Class is in session.

John O’Sullivan Bio: John started the Changing tSports Specilaizationhe Game Project in 2012 after two decades as a soccer player and coach on the youth, high school, college and professional level.  He is the author of the #1 bestselling books Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High Performing Athletes, and Giving Youth Sports Back to our Kids and Is it Wise to Specialize? John’s work has been featured in The Huffington Post,, Outside Magazine,, Soccer America and numerous other publications. John is an internationally known speaker for coaches, parents and youth sports organizations, and has spoken for TEDx, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, US Lacrosse, IMG Academy, and at numerous other events throughout the US, Canada, Asia and Europe.

John brings to the table a wealth of practical, hands on knowledge garnered through years of working with players and their families on sport specific development, fitness and nutrition, college recruiting, and most importantly, training high-performing athletes by creating a player-centered environment.

Brett Fischer Bio
Brett is a Licensed Physical Therapist, Certified Athletic Trainer, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Certified Dry Needling provider. He has worked with the University of Florida, New York Jets, PGA & Senior PGA TOUR and the Chicago Cubs. He has served as a consultant with the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers and currently provides sports performance training and rehab to MLB, NFL,NBA,NHL and world ranked tennis players. Brett is also currently the staff Physical Therapist with the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals. Brett’s expertise has led to national speaking engagements, television, internet and radio appearances and he has been mentioned in periodicals such as ESPN the Magazine, Sports Illustrated, USA Today and the New York Times.

Brett received the 1997 Training & Conditioning Magazine Professional Athlete’s Comeback Player Award/Medical Team for the comeback of future Hall of fame pitcher Randy Johnson. Brett is also the inventor of the most effective and versatile abdominal device sold nationally and internationally, the AB DOLLY.

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Show Notes
4:30 Are basic movement skills missing in our younger kids?
9:15 30 of 32 first round picks in 2017 NFL draft were multi-sport athletes. 90% of all draftees played multiple sports
19:45 Most commons injuries in youth sports that could have prevented
21:45 What can parents do with their kids that Brett does with his athletes?
27:00 There must be an off season for every sport
35:45 What is missing most in sports performance at all levels?
48:00 The Trick is to have fun with thought behind it

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