My dd is in 2nd year 10u. Almost 11. She’s been on a travel team since age 8. (Her dads idea not mine. I was against it the first 2 years and finally gave in last year) she’s a starting pitcher and lead off batter for her travel team. She’s a multi sport athlete. She also plays volleyball, golf, tennis, and LAX. I realize she shouldn’t be playing 2 sports in a season, but she has been the last couple years, with time off in the winter and end of summer. Except now her travel team starts practicing in Jan, which is new this year,
This fall she suffered a stress fracture to her navicular bone in her mid foot. The dr believes she was playing through pain for a few months before the diagnosis. Throughout the diagnostic process, we also learned she has collapsed arches and post tibial tendonitis. She was in a boot for 2 months and it didn’t heal the injury. I wish the dr cast it instead because it’s impossible to keep her in it all the time, and she’s super active. She’s been to 3 or 4 dr. And PT. She’s getting custom orthotics, I bought her stability shoes, she still can’t run, and now practices have started for her travel team, and she can’t play yet. She’s getting another MRI next week. The pain comes back after she does any physical activity, and she gets relief through icing and rest, but this is an indicator she isn’t healed.
She doesn’t want to sit out for the spring, but I’m not sure what to do. She would be so depressed sitting around the house all day knowing she’s missing out on playing, Can anyone share with me an injury that took a long time to heal and what dd did if the injury was going on during the season. This is very difficult to deal with and I have a lot of shoulda coulda etc. and opinions on the whole year round travel sports industry.
Her coaches have been fairly persistent and want her to play so I’ve been putting them off. I just withdrew her from LAX before that season even started. I Told another coach she couldnt guest play on his travel team, or join practice with them, and considering asking her rec coach if she can be an “assistant coach” and work with the newbies and younger girls on the basics, help bench or base coach. I’m not sure what to do about her regular travel team yet. Does she go to practice and sit on the bench for 2 hours? They aren’t playing a tournament until April. Hoping she’s better by then. I just can’t believe she’s so young with this issue. I wish we never started her doing this so young, but it seems to be the norm now unfortunately, and I don’t see it changing any time soon.