Athletes encouraged to compete in other sports

GREENFIELD — High school student-athletes participating in multiple sports appears to be on the decline. Multiple studies have shown that for whatever reason – fear of falling behind in one’s preferred sport, injury concerns, collegiate plans – more and more athletes are following the path of specialization.

As a high school football coach, Roger Dodson benefits from this trend. Fewer multi-sport athletes means he gets more time with his players on the field, in the weight room and at film study.

But, the ninth-year Greenfield-Central football coach wishes this trend wasn’t a trend at all.

“I like our kids to participate in as many sports as they can. I like for them to wrestle, play baseball, swim – whatever it may be,” Dodson offered. “Competing is more important than anything. It’s something they need to do if they’re good enough.”

Dodson pointed to lost opportunities that can’t be regained in the future as another reason why he encourages his players to play sports other than football.

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