In sports recruiting, how young is too young?

Real Madrid has signed a 7-​​year-​​old soccer player from Argentina, who will begin training with the Spanish club’s youth squad in Sep­tember. We asked Dan Lebowitz, exec­u­tive director of Sport in Society, to explain how par­ents, coaches and pro­fes­sional orga­ni­za­tions can best safe­guard the social and psy­cho­log­ical devel­op­ment of a sports prodigy.