Ripped off my jersey as fast as I could. Told my teammates how "messed up" it was and that I was getting ready to make a big play.
But Coach made the decision to sub me out at half and I wasn't able to go back on, even for someone else.
Just 2 minutes into the second half, a pile builds up on the far side of the field, too far to see what's going on. Then, other teammates start shouting across to get the athletic trainer.
Turns out, the guy that went on for me took a hit directly to his face and came out with a broken nose.
Talk about feeling ridiculous.
Everyone looked at me and said, "Dude, that could have been you!"
Fast forward to just a few months ago when I turned down an opportunity to coach overseas or, more recently, when I was released from another coaching gig that had me traveling 2-3 times per week.
I could have easily been upset about missing out on "what might have been" but learned that lesson long ago.
I'm sure there are a lot of young athletes, and maybe coaches or parents, frustrated about missing out on their senior season, thinking "this was a championship team" or something along those lines.
But, rather than spend time thinking about the uncontrollables, here's a few things to consider and be truly thankful for:
* The extra time to recovery. (I mean fully recover)
* The opportunity to develop or improve another skill (like using your non-dominant arm/foot)
* Improving your movement quality and correcting any compensations
* Focusing in mobility and/or range of motion
* Time to enjoy movement without a specific agenda (i.e. sports performance)
We may not know when these restrictions will be lifted, so appreciate the time you have with no pressure and just enjoy the ability you have to move.
It can be creating your own family bootcamp in the backyard, having a group dance party through video chat or just taking a nice slow walk/jog to disconnect from technology.
Just remember, just like my teammate, this could have been the season to suffer an injury. So appreciate what you have right now and use this time to solidify your happy, healthy habits.