Our Boy the keeper...
It amazes me to watch my son, Jack, as he plays soccer. For quite a few years he has been a goalkeeper. We have learned over the years it is a HARD position to play. Hard meaning there are a lot of injuries with the position. He takes kicks to the head, balls to the head, kicks to his knees. You name it he probably has experienced it and he is just 13 years old. For his 2nd year he has attended an amazing Goalkeeper week long sleep away camp called Camp ShutOut. It is by far the best soccer camp he has ever gone to and everyone there is a keeper. So, everyone has been through the same situations of feeling like they let their team down, or did not have good defense assisting them. It is a great support for a young keeper. And the mentoring that goes on with these adult keepers is incredible! So, yesterday was Jack's last day of the keeper camp and they do what is called Keeper wars. It is what the kids look forward to all week. His team was doing awesome. Until Jack took a ball straight to the head.... Jack had a concussion in 2015 so he knows when something is not right. He stopped immediately because he was out of it. He went to the medic and sure enough he failed the concussion test and was dismissed. Thankfully we were there for the keeper wars because it is a neat thing for parents to get to watch. He was so devastated to have to leave. This concussion seemed far worse than his last one as he slept and slept for hours and we couldn't wake him. So off to the ER we went with him. They confirmed it was just the concussion and to go ahead and let him sleep and to stick with the usual process of no technology, dark room, etc. Since this was not his first we then had to take him a sports med doctor who was amazing. They performed post concussion test on him multiple times over a few weeks until he passed. So, we now at least have a baseline on him for the future. Thankfully she said it will not affect him permanently. We just hope that this is the end for awhile of injuries. I always say my boy needs to be bubble wrapped, but he doesn't want to give up playing the position he loves.
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