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Related to Cross Training: circuit training
Pros Short term, cross training solves staffing shortages and often decreases staffing costs
Cons Cross training increases liability, as those performing the services become generalists—‘jacks-of-all-trades’—who are less skilled in specific areas
Sports medicine (1) The regular participation in multiple sports—e.g., basketball and long-distance running—to improve overall fitness
Pros Useful in injured patients who can continue exercising with another sport, while the injured area heals; cross training intensifies training, burns more calories, improves fitness more quickly and safely; uses more muscle groups—e.g., running builds the lower body, swimming the upper—improves flexibility, and prevents overuse injuries
(2) The exercising of muscle groups or participation in a sport differing from an athlete’s primary sport