Your Letters & Pictures
Injuries. By Coach George Jacobs
This is an email sent to us by the General Manager and Co-Coach of the team that I have the honor to coach. “The Sparrows” U16 Girls.
Well...now is as good a time as any to discuss this.……….
Policy: If you are injured...please, inform me ASAP...and in
likelihood, you probably should not come to practice. Whenever you
can...inform me before...please do NOT inform me a day after missing
practice...or 2 days...or not at all. Please do NOT inform me in the
middle of practice (i.e. "oh, yeah...my ankle was swelling up last
night"...after you have been doing 30 minutes of practice !!!!).
Please do NOT come to practice injured, and try to "tough it out"
When your coach asks 'are you OK ?'...please do not bite your lip and
nod yes...if you are injured.
If your coach asks 'do you need to come out of the game' ?....don't say
"No" if what your body tells you is "YES !".
Listen up...this is a demanding sport. Minor injuries (pulled muscles,
sprained ankles, banged-up knees, blisters, sore ribs, sore shoulders,
etc.) heal relatively quickly if treated correctly. Rest, elevation,
anti-inflammatories, hot or cold packs (depending on injury), and more
rest...can do wonders.
Of course, this will do absolutely NOTHING if you just skip soccer
practice but still go to other strenuous activities...dance class,
gymnastics...or on long hikes...or haul around a backpack weighing 20
lbs. all day. So, when your coach says REST IT...he means...REST IT AS
MUCH AS POSSIBLE, WHENEVER POSSIBLE, AND DO NOT STRESS IT IN OTHER SITUATIONS IF THIS IS AVOIDABLE.
There is a very false, particularly American myth of the athlete
playing in pain, playing thru pain, toughing it out, taking one for the
team, etc....and in the end, seen as a hero. Please, there is nothing
heroic about doing this.
It is one thing to 'shake off' getting 'dinged'...but another thing
entirely to knowingly play while hurt.
Playing or stressing a minor injury turns it into a major injury.
Particularly with adolescent women, it is a known fact in sports
medicine that teenage girls are more susceptible to a lot of joint
injuries which adolescent boys are not. Guess what ? These particular
injuries are ones which are very common in the game of.....soccer.
Everyone on the same page here ?
I needed to clarify coaches expectations on this.
Have a great weekend.…..the team is starting to look like a real soccer
Posted on 02 Oct 2006 by coachgianni