Seb Coe warns about overworking young athletes

Sebastian Coe, president of the IAAF, warned that coaches must be careful of how they trained and used young talents.

“I think you have to be very careful. I do think there has to be caution here about asking athletes too young in age to undertake certain level of physicality, which can in the long term harm their development,” said Coe, who won four Olympic Games medals, included 1500m gold in 1980 and 1984.

Victor Lopez, president of NACAC, and a former athlete, agreed with IAAF boss Coe.

“The main factor you have to consider here is that get excited and start to train our young people like adults and that is dangerous,” said Lopez.”