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Noah’s Lacrosse Career Playing the Sport You Love, Despite the Injury Risk

G rowing up in Chicago, the Cubs were always a fun team to follow when spring rolled around. A few years ago, the Cubs even gave their fans something other than determination to be proud of. It was exciting to watch them win their first World Series in more than 100 years, and it felt like the whole country was rooting for them. Last year, the Cubs unfortunately seemed to be back to their old ways, but I’ll always try to catch their games and support them through each season. attention. When my son, Noah, was in first grade, a friend of his invited him to learn more about lacrosse at an open house- type event his team was hosting. From that point on, my son was hooked, and our family had to learn more about this seemingly little-known sport. However, for nearly a decade, another sport has also dominated my family’s I didn’t know anyone that played lacrosse when I was a kid, but Noah loves it. There’s a physicality to the game, but you also need quick thinking to carefully plan each move you make. There’s so much more to lacrosse than an individual’s prowess to score points or run over defenses. It’s more about the team effort that is displayed on the field each game, and I

love that he is learning that lesson. Of course, he’s also like every other teenager and enjoys his downtime, but it’s great to hear him make plans to play lacrosse for a few hours with teammates he’s built strong bonds with. This level of balance is a great habit for him, because I think, far too often, there are two extremes when it comes to athletes. There are those who commit to one sport but don’t do much to condition for it. They may be great at throwing the ball, but they run the risk of pulling a muscle because they are not taking the time to challenge their body in other ways. On the other end of the extreme, there are the athletes who commit their bodies to a variety of different sports. They get caught in a cycle of playing too many games and not preparing and practicing correctly, and this can wear out their body and mental concentration for a sport they initially loved, even at a young age. The biggest lesson I try to teach athletes and their parents is to be prepared for what may happen. Strength training, stretching, and conditioning are great ways to keep your body in shape, but it can be hard to convince teenagers of this. When you’re that young, you’re invincible. You can roll out of bed and play a game

without any pain, so why would you ever take time to stretch? But if you learn this lesson at a young age, your body will thank you later, and you will enjoy the sport you love longer. At any level of training, athletes are susceptible to injury. Even Noah, the son of a physical therapist, has faced his own injury troubles. One season, he was running for a ground ball at the same time as someone else, and that person stuck his stick between Noah’s legs. This caused Noah to trip and resulted in a major strain on his ankle that still flares up occasionally. But with proper care, maintenance, and preparation, he’s back on the field enjoying what he loves to do. That makes the game and the risks that come with it completely worth it.

-Luke Kron, PT Managing Partne

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