When your kid gets an injury that sidelines him or her, do you look at the big picture?
Do you talk toughness - playing through pain like Ripken and Gehrig?
Or do you take a more cautious approach?
When your kid is sidelined, does he or she understand the big picture?
On June 18th, my son hit the waiting room at the orthopedic doctor and was diagnosed with a hip flexor strain. The combination of baseball and golf and growing led to the problem.
He has been on the disabled list since. He missed 4 games last weekend when the team played in a big local tournament. He missed a game played at Marge Schott Stadium on the University of Cincinnati. And it looks like he will miss a big tournament in Columbus this weekend.
He has been going to physical therapy, taking his anti-inflammatory drugs, heating, icing and stretching as prescribed. The doctor said that he would be out 1 to 2 weeks.
He is almost ready to come back, but we are being cautious for three reasons. We do not want him to come back early and re-injure the hip and
1) miss out on the Nations Baseball World Series in Florida.
2) jeopardized tryouts for the high school golf team.
3) jeopardized tryouts the 2013 club baseball season. (There is a chance our team is going to breakup.)
At dinner the other night, we asked him what the physical therapist said about the timetable to get back on the field. He said with a big smile, "Another week, but I am going to give it a try tomorrow night." We said, "Really."
Still smiling, he said, "You guys are not looking at the short picture here. You are constantly looking at the big picture."
The Main Point
My son misses baseball and golf but he sees the big picture. If he returns too early and tears the hip flexor from the bone, he will be out a long, long time. He does not want to risk the Florida trip or the tryouts.
I am not as patient. I cannot wait for him to start playing again.