Kids Playing Hurt?
I got a Facebook note today that said
“I was at 2 AAU girls basketball tournaments over the last 2 weeks and was amazed at the number of teenage girls wearing knee braces, ankle braces, etc. What do you think about this”
First off, every sport should be seasonal. More and more we see that kids are being presured to play one sport year round. The gurus tell them they need to do this or they will fall behind. This is one big fat lie motivated by money. Youth sports people need you to play year round so they don’t have to get another job.
If your son or daughter needs a brace or a patella tendon strap or any other device to play, what he or she really needs is some time away. The best cure for these problems would be a different sport. The number one enemy of any athlete is pattern overload. That simply means doing the same thing over and over again.
The next thing to worry about is the tournament culture. Again in order to make money the tournament organizers need teams to play multiple games per day. This is not normal and is not good for the young developing body. No collegiate or profesional athlete plays multiple games per day like kids do.
If your son or daughter complains of joint pain, don’t take them to the Dr. Take yourself to the psychiatrist. You probably need your head examined.