Celine Foster the young soccer player is being shut down for a minimum of two weeks, perhaps longer. She was diagnosed Monday with Plantar Fasciitis, also know as the Grant Hill foot disorder. The problem began three weeks ago during a soccer tournament and it kept on as she prepared for indoor season. Celine missed the first game of the season, gave it the old college try on Saturday, but knew she could not continue.
Be careful out there parents. We suspect it was caused by new soccer shoes that were too loose.
This means she won’t be on her seventh grade volleyball team because she will miss tryouts and my fear is she will be out a month for soccer. She came up with every idea and contraption to ensure she kept playing. Sometimes you must tell them no for their own good. The only way this thing will fully heal is with rest.
She does not like it and I offered to take her to games so she could be with her team. Celine reminds me of many other amatuer players. They do anything they can to get on the field. I bet you did it during your playing days in Little League, high school and in pickup games as a kid. I would love to hear your stories.
Here is mine. I worked at the Lindell A.C. as an eighth grader, setting up the cook area on Saturday morning. I was showing off with a twisting layup while goofing around and my leg hit a table and exploded in a pool of blood. It hurt like hell. There were two things I needed to get through.
Work because I wanted the money.
And there was a game that night for Nativity Lutheran. I had to do both so we ran to the drug store and got gauze and tape so I could play. I hid the injury.
I got through the day at the Lindell although I could feel blood dripping and needed to run to the upstairs offices to change the dressing. And that night I started the game with this gauze on my leg. I told my coach it was a small scrap and that I was fine. Three minutes into the game this temporary contraption fell apart and my leg bled on the floor. I was shut down for the night and the next week.
Celine is bull headed enough to limp through a soccer game. She wants to play. We all want to play. What measures are you willing to go through not to shut it down on the basketball floor or ball field?
I would love to hear your stories.