Unstructured free play is valuable for all children, especially those in organized sports, where it serves a complementary role to structured activity. Young athletes should take breaks from structured sports at least 1-2 days per week and at least 1-2 months per year. This allows for rebuilding of bone and muscle, reduces injury risk, and provides a mental break to reduce the chances of burnout. These breaks from structured sports activity are an ideal time to reap the benefits of free play:
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