The policy of Austin Youth Basketball is to err on the side of caution with injuries. A developing body needs time to recover and patience not glorified in the media which is obsessed with the “warrior mentality.” What often does not make it into the media is the focus now put on things like injury prevention thru yoga, pilates, proper rest, periodization, cross training, recovery principles, and modality precision. If you truly want to raise a warrior, teach them how to care for their bodies, how to listen to pain, how to recover, and how to recognize limits.
I pushed my body past it’s limits. Yes – there were some glory days. There were also two torn ACLs, 7 different surgical procedures and rehabs on my knees, broken bones in arms and legs, broken noses, severely torn ankle ligaments, etc. Much of this before my 21st birthday. I can tell you there is not a lot of glory watching me try to warmup for a basketball game now. It is a slow and painful process. No regrets here but possibly some lessons that should be shared.
Read “Ways To Help Your Children Stay In The Game Injury Free.” (http://www NULL.cnn NULL.com/2010/HEALTH/04/08/children NULL.sports NULL.injuries/index NULL.html?hpt=Sbin)