Sunday, November 11, 2012

I swear I didn't make my daughter play injured.

I do not miss many games at all. I am lucky to have a job that I can manage my own schedule fairly easily.

I do not miss my kid's games because I do not want to miss the action. I want to be there when my daughter sinks a three at the buzzer or when my son makes a birdie on 18 to win a tournament. I want to see their faces when it happens. I want them to see my proud reactions too. I also want to be there just in case something happens. If they get injured, I want to be there to help comfort them. We all know that injuries are a part of youth sports. It is just a question of when, where and how bad.

I missed a game on Sunday.

I dropped CC off at soccer tryouts for the Ohio South Olympic Development Program. I normally stay to watch, but I had to leave to get to the Cincinnati Bengals / NY Giants game. 

I'm a huge Giants fan, so my wife bought me the NFL tickets for my birthday. What she did not know when she made the purchase in September was that my daughter would be competing in the finals of the 6th grade CYO Girl's Basketball Cincinnati Division I Championship. When I realized the conflict, I did not want go to the football game. I would much rather watch my daughter play. I contemplated not going to the NFL game, but the tickets were very expensive. I could have sold the tickets on StubHub, but it was going to be my wife's and son's first NFL game. They were very excited to go. I was torn, but had to go to the Giants game.

During soccer tryouts, CC got hurt in a freak accident. She was on the sidelines next to the goal awaiting her chance to get into the game. The coaching staff was rotating three goalies in each goal. CC was stretching and talking to the other goalie while the other girls on the field were showcasing their skills for the evaluators. CC was not really paying attention to the game. 

A striker in the game took aim at the goal and fired a really hard shot. The ball missed the goal and hit the very top of CC's foot. She was relaxed and not expecting the impact, so her  ankle snapped back. It hurt a lot, but CC did not want anyone to know. ODP Goalies need to be tough. 

She hopped up to walk it off and get the ball that ended up 20 yards behind her. She was trying desperately not limp. Just as she retrieved the ball, the tryout ended. Luckily, she did have to get back in the goal with a bum ankle. 

After the training session was complete, she found her club teammates and her ride home.  She arrived home to an empty house. She iced her ankle which was now really swollen. She then found an ankle brace, tied it on tight and awaited her ride to basketball. She was not going to miss the Championship basketball game. 

A basketball teammate picked her up and took her to the game. She participated in warm ups trying not to limp. She did not want the coaches to bench her. She ended up playing the entire first quarter and the first half of the second quarter before she got a break. During her down time at he end of the second quarter and half time, the ankle swelled more. She tried to play in the third quarter, but could not play at her normal frenzied pace. She sat out the rest of the game unable to take another step. 

CC's team went on to win the Cincinnati City Championship and ended the season undefeated with a 26-0 record.





We arrived after the game. As soon as she saw us, she started to cry. We knew she was hurt because we got a text telling us that she sprained her ankle. We were not expecting it to be too bad. We took her sock and shoe off. It did not look very good at all. 

This morning, she could not walk. We took her for an X-ray. The X-ray was negative. The doctor was concerned about the ligaments on the top of her foot, so he gave her a boot to wear for a week. We will go for a follow-up next week.

The Main Point


Some parents push their kids to play even when they are hurting. Some kids push themselves.

14 comments:

  1. I dropped CC off at soccer tryouts for the Ohio South Olympic Development Program. I normally stay to watch, but I had to leave to get to the Cincinnati Bengals / NY Giants game. Great stuff!

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  2. As a High school girls soccer coach I have had to force more than one girl off the pitch because of an injury. One of the most important parts of my job is to protect the athlete from themselves.

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    1. You are a smart coach. Thanks for adding to the conversation

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  3. Oh boy, have we been there. Bad ankles, broken toes, feeling sick....our kids have pushed themselves many times, insisting they were okay. Only when they absolutely could not stand it, would they sit out. And we knew then that it was really bad because they would not have pulled out if it had not been bad. And there were times for them when the doc said no, not yet and it was sooo hard to abide by his suggestions. Hopefully your daughter will rest up and be ready to play again soon!

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    1. Thanks for adding to the conversation. We also gauge how hurt are kids are by their desire to come out of a game. They can play up an injury until they realize that they might need to sit. My daughter will be back in action soon. Luckily we are now between seasons. My son on the other hand is out with a stress fracture in his back. 6 to 12 weeks. Ugh.

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  4. Glad you're back, but bummed your boy (okay, he's not a boy anymore) isn't playing baseball anymore. I have used many of your posts to keep the baseball obsession in check in our house.

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    1. Courtney - I am writing about my son's decision to drop baseball now. I have not published it yet. I do not think that i have written about it in the past. How did you know?

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  5. CC is one tough cookie. Impressed that she treated her own ankle. My son hates when I immerse his ankle in an ice bucket. Circumstances surrounding CC's injury somewhat reminds me of a kid I coached in soccer. He was goofing around with the other kids before practice. A shot came out of nowhere and caused his thumb to dislocate.I couldn't believe it. Morale to the story - Always be alert when they're flying balls around - they can wreck havoc when you least expect it.

    On another front, want to share information on ACL injuries that I've compiled. ACL - Links, Facts, & Opinions http://chirpstory.com/li/25896

    CC is getting to an age where you have to start doing things to reduce the possibility of injury. The following Vern Gambetta quote resonates deeply with me in regards to female athletes:

    "For the female athlete a commitment to year around strength training is a requirement, not an option. It must continue in-season through the championship season. Unlike her male counterpoint that has a great percentage of muscle mass and higher testosterone levels, the female cannot afford to take off from strength training. Obviously the greatest investment should be on leg strength. The great majority of ACL tears are noncontact and in most of those cases they are a deceleration injuries (As are ankle sprains). It stands to reason then that we should focus on training the decelerators. Stop focusing on the knee and think kinetic chain, emphasize the linkage of ankle, knee, hip and the trunk. The knee is stuck in the middle; it is at the mercy of the joints above and below."

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    1. Thanks Clarence - I do need to help my daughter get serious about injury prevention. Kids are pretty pliable until age 12, but as they mature it is a totally different situation. She may need to reduce her schedule to accommodate it.

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