Sports After Getting Appointment

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  1. academania

    academania USAFA Cadet

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    So with the copious amounts of appointments being given out and on the way, I'm wondering, just how much "bubble wrapping" is necessary? For past and present appointees, did you or are you going to still do spring sports? Or are you planning on avoiding sports in order to avoid injury?

    My baseball season starts in February and ends in April and I'm asking myself the same question. Is it being over cautious to avoid sports or is it a sane decision? The last thing I'd want to do is miss out on I day for a broken ankle or similar accident.
     
  2. BeatNavy

    BeatNavy USMA Cadet

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    Don't quit Baseball just to avoid injury. Live your life as you would normally, just be more cautious to avoid getting injured doing something stupid or unimportant.
     
  3. ZoomingFalcon

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    I had the same question. I did track in the spring, but I can't afford to lose upper body strength. Don't get me wrong, I'm definitely still going to run, but that's not all I'll be doing. Time will be VERY scarce this spring, so don't forget to do a LOT of other physical conditioning besides baseball.

    I would say that if you can play baseball AND keep your running + upper body strength, then go for it.

    Remember though that (at least at my HS's baseball program) they don't stress push-ups and flutter kicks as much as a SA:wink:
     
  4. marciemi

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    We've been told what BeatNavy said, but I'm really glad my son plays soccer in the fall because I'd be really worried right now. He has a friend with an appointment who is currently playing hockey :eek: - I can't imagine. However, my son will also run track in the spring. While I agree that upper body strength is important, I think running/cardio is far more important during Beast and being on a team (running the 2 mile) will motivate him more than doing it on his own.

    I agree with ZoomingFalcon though that while baseball is a lower injury sport (than say rugby), it's also not a great one to get you in shape either cardio or upper body (depending on your coach/training program of course! :wink: ). Definitely a consideration I hadn't thought of. I will add though that with 3 teenage boys in my house, every time we've been to the emergency room has been a result of an injury around the house, not a competitive sport or similar, so anything really can happen any time. Don't be stupid, but realistically, the bubble wrap is just meant to be a joke!
     
  5. Gasdoc

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    Solid advice here...play the sports you normally would. But each year there are always a few kids who are turned back due to sport injuries, bike accidents or illness. The best advice I can give is to avoid push ball during field day...I think there were 7 medical turnbacks from that event my son's year.
     
  6. ZoomingFalcon

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    Why is it the fun ones are so dangerous?:biggrin:

    We actually had a variation of that game at school. I think it lasted 3 days before it was banned for injuries.
     
  7. SALTY007

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    What is "Push Ball"....haven't heard of that one?
     
  8. buffalo

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    ooooh...wow!! I have never seen that sport.
    More like push the ball while treading over all the poor folk who have fallen down and cannot get back up.
    No wonder everyone keeps away from that one!!!
    But definately a "Team sport"...the TALLER the team members - the better :wink:
     
  10. packermatt7

    packermatt7 USAFA Cadet

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    Play your sport. You're going to miss it once you get here. I miss baseball terribly, but I'm glad I played my last season.

    Also, it helps to be in shape for BCT, but don't quit something just to workout. You'll be fine. That being said, don't slack off when working out.
     
  11. HNeedle

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    echoing what everyone else has said: dont stop playing your sport, unless it's something terribly dangerous (sheer rock face basketweaving). you'll miss it alot if you dont play your last season.
     
  12. ZoomingFalcon

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    This has me wondering: do you mean that if one is to workout, one should strive to do the best possible?
     
  13. DevilDog

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    My son plays 3 sports. Right now he is in wrestling season. He is the team Captain, has been since 10th grade. He gets hurt every year during wrestling season. Yesterday he hurt his shoulder. MRI tomorrow to check for a tear. I want him to stop wrestling because I think he is going to Air Force to play Lax. He won't stop wrestling because of his teammates. He also has been one of the top wrestlers at his weight since 9th grade in our state. I can't wait for wrestling to end so he can play something safer like lacrosse. He knows what is at stake. One of the parents from another school approached him yesterday and said to him, "You are going to play lax at Air Force, why are you doing this?" He did not have an answer.
     
  14. marciemi

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    Just had to laugh at this - is lacrosse that much safer? :wink: Personally I would have put it as one of the more dangerous sports just from what I've seen of it!
     
  15. DevilDog

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    It is not as dangerous as wrestling. Also, most of the lax athletes in our state are smaller than him.
     
  16. smle

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    My son plays lacrosse as well. As a parent, I love watching him play, yet, I fear injuries every time he plays because of the aggression of the game and how he plays in general. We've had kids break upper arms, shoulder injuries, legs and numerous other injuries. Getting whacked by a stick can cause some serious problems. The timing of lacrosse season is the problem. If it were in the fall, no problem. But because it is a spring sport that continues into late May, if there were an injury, the time to heal before BCT would be pushing it. Nothing like getting out of a cast and then heading off to BCT for weeks. What to do, What to do.
     
  17. laxfan17

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    that is my thoughts as well, to play lacrosse this spring scares me to death. He, of course, has no worries!!
     

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