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IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (9-19-22)

Posted: September 19, 2022

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (9-19-22)

"Promoting Education Based Athletics in Indiana"

We have all heard the saying "Injuries are a part of the game."  However, we may not give it much thought until it happens to us and how it might affect our playing time. 

In 1925, baseball great Lou Gehrig got his chance to play in the big leagues by pinch-hitting for an injured player (Wally Pipp checked out of the game with a headache).  Gehrig went on to play in 2130 consecutive games, at that time a major league record. What might have happened to Lou Gehrig if Wally Pipp did not leave the game?  That one chance to play gave him his big opportunity.    

You should always sit out of your sport with a severe injury or concussion.  The question becomes when do you sit out or when do you play with minor bangs and bruises?  Can you work through your injury if your doctor and/or trainer releases you to play?

All athletes will sustain injuries from time to time.  It is the severity of those injuries that will determine whether your coach and team will allow you to play.  Be ready for your opportunity when others have to exit and be in your best shape to seize that opportunity!


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