Whether you’ve cheered for all of the games or you’ve caught them when you can, the joy of football season has taken a negative turn. Your football player has a serious injury, and while you sought medical attention immediately, you aren’t sure what the next step is.
Speak with an Expert
Contacting someone in health care administration or a related field gives you the opportunity to discuss the long-term future with a professional. Chances are that you and your children’s doctors have already discussed short-term plans. In these other conversations, find out what the risks are of a subsequent injury and how you can better protect your kids in the future.
Share the Statistics
You might not want to let your kids know how real the chances of injury are. For example, Ohio University notes that “high school football players suffered 11.2 concussions for every 10,000 games and practices.” Kids may not realize how likely a concussion is. When you simply state this information, they may continue to remain incredulous. However, providing facts from an outside source can make the information seem more real. While you do not necessarily want to frighten them away from athletics, you can encourage them to take protective measures more seriously.
Evaluate the Sport
You and your family should have an honest discussion about whether the kids should continue with the sport. While you might want to immediately respond in the negative, recognize how important athletics are to your children. Coming up with a compromise is also a possibility. For example, maybe your kids have other sports that they are interested in playing. Instead of banning sports entirely from their lives, you may want to encourage them to explore another sport. Keep in mind, however, that an excessive amount of fear on your part might cause your children to have undue anxiety.
Remember the Process
It is also important to remember the recovering from the injury and reentering the sport is a process. Your kids might experience different emotions. They may feel excited to go back onto the field but then get frightened right before the game. Encourage them. Remind them of the reasons why they wanted to play again in the first place. If the fear continues or if the game becomes rough, reconsider the decision to return. Also, make sure that you have the best safety gear for your kids. Doing so is an important part of returning to the game.
Knowing that your children have experienced a serious injury is likely enough to make you frightened to ever see them playing again. However, consider both the benefits and drawbacks of that decision. You can choose to proceed with caution.
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