The physical and financial costs of school sports — and the potential lucrative rewards

Students who play sports face a big potential upside if they win a scholarship or professional stardom, but there are financial and physical costs to consider as well.

Two new unrelated studies show the toll extracurricular athletics can take on both students’ bodies and families’ bank accounts. The research also shows that once in a while, there can be a silver lining to the sacrifices.

In one study, college athletes who specialized in their sport before age 14 were more likely to have a history of injuries, but they were also more likely to be recruited and receive a scholarship for their sport, researchers at University of California at Los Angeles said.

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