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Kids in Sports: Balancing Benefits and Risks for Physical and Mental Health

For children and teens, the advantages of sports participation are many – ranging from better heart health to less loneliness – but so are the risks, which include mostly preventable injuries and sleep deprivation. Pediatric sports medicine specialist Celina de Borja, MD, uses recent data to illuminate the real issues, with a focus on addressing early sports specialization to protect kids from such common repercussions as burnout and depression. Bonus: a quick way to calculate when a child is training too much.


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UCSF Pediatrics

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Celina De Borja, MD

Celina De Borja, MD

Primary care sports medicine specialist

Dr. Celina de Borja is a pediatrician with special training in sports medicine who cares for children and young adults with a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions.

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