Short duration of athletic careers

Other Names:
Young age of top athletes
Child athletes
In 1976 the average age of gymnasts at the world championships was 17 and a half years; in 1992 it was 16, while almost none were over 18. These girls would have begun intensive training at the age of 6 or 7; within 10 years their career as competitors is over.
Broader Problems:
Occupational risk to health
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET