This is the fifth post in the series The Adventures of a Newb Sport Parent
When the season began, the coaches sent home a packet chocked full with information: the athletic code of conduct (dos and don’ts), requirements and expectations, a schedule of practices, meets and team dinners, contracts, financial obligations not to mention, a mandatory meeting with the athletic director for all student athletes and their parents.
The meeting was highly spirited and at times it seemed to borderline propaganda. As a newb, I totally get that athletes are seen as leaders, therefore they should be held to a higher standard, but to tell them that the non-student athletes look up to them is presumptuous. I’m pretty sure there’s a group of kids that don’t give a flying f*** about high school sports.
Therefore, it was a bit disconcerting to hear an adult, an educator nonetheless, plant the seed of hierarchy.
To think for years, I thought the labels came from the kids~ Freaks, Geeks and Athletes. I guess that’s one way to interpret the Proverb ‘train a child in the way they should go.’, I digress. This post is about toenails.
Last to speak were the athletic trainers and the team physician, an alumnus, a former student athlete. They spoke about pre-injury screenings (head, back, neck, arms and shoulders), honesty and integrity in regards to steroids and performance-enhancing drugs (PED) and post-injury care, but nothing about toes.
I have a really good friend who runs the Chicago Marathon every year, 26.2 miles. After a race a few years ago, she mentioned to me that she had runner’s toe and would probably lose a couple of toenails. I’m not going to lie, I was taking aback. I had never heard of such a thing, but once she explained it to me, it made sense.
Why would anyone think their feet could take such abuse?
With that being said, I’m a little miffed that it wasn’t brought up at the mandatory Athletic Director Student Athlete Parent Meeting. But because I had a reference point, I was somewhat prepared to expect the unexpected. Unfortunately I hadn’t mastered the art of explaining to a diva, who’s all about tips and toes, that she’d probably lose a couple of toenails. However, after years of marketing, I have mastered the art of spin.
There are hundreds of student athletes injured every day; some life threatening, others not so much. At the end of the day all injuries matter, but they’re ranked based on the severity: minor, traumatic and catastrophic. When you look at it that way, from cuts and bruises to severe trauma; the diva and I agree, that a little runner’s toe is nothing that a deep soak pedicure can’t fix.
I’m Just Sayin’…(Damn!)
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