By Miami Beach Sports Chiropractor - Dr. Todd Narson
I remember one of my first experiences in taking care of younger athletes was at a high school soccer game back in my home town of Coral Springs, FL. A young athlete wearing an $800 orthopedic knee brace to protect a partially town ACL hurt their knee. I instructed the coach to pull the athlete from the game and the parent told me to go to hell. The parent said their child was going for a college soccer scholarship and they needed to get back in and play.
I asked the parent one question. If they wanted their child to walk into college or to limp into college unable to play soccer again. Just so happens the knee gave out during the game and that was it. The dad ate some humble pie followed by his left foot and I was upset to see a kids dreams go down in flames.
Sometimes it's difficult to be a good sports parent. You want only the very best for your child and have hopes of their future as an athlete. Sometimes we try to relive our old glory years through our children and it really doesn't work so well for the child.
Here's a great article and guide I ran across today that can help us all (yes...me included) be a better sports parent so our kids get everything out of their athletic experiences they can.
Dr. Narson is a 2-term past president of the Florida Chiropractic Association’s Council on Sports Injuries, Physical Fitness & Rehabilitation and was honored as the recipient of the coveted Chiropractic Sports Physician of the Year Award in 1999-2000. He practices in Miami Beach, Florida at the Miami Beach Family & Sports Chiropractic Center; A Facility for Natural Sports Medicine.