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What Would You Have Done?

Monday, September 14, 2009

I love being a soccer referee. I love being in perfect position to make the right call. I love seeing the excitement on a goalieā€™s face when he or she blocks a shot or when a striker makes a fantastic shot into the back of the net. I love the extreme heat I find myself in sometimes and the extreme cold I also find myself in at other times. It is an emotional sport and I love being able to keep a calm collected head in the midst of madness. And all that came to an end Wednesday night.

The season opened up and on only the 2nd night of soccer in the 2009 season I blew the whistle and started my U16 match. Within a few minutes of play it looked like the ball was going long so I started my sprint to be close to play but a defender got her foot up and knocked it down. I planted my right foot to stop my sprint and heard a loud pop followed by immediate and excruciating pain in my right knee. I stopped for a moment and felt the pain radiate into my calf and into my upper leg. And this is where I made a critical decision.

It was only 7 minutes into an 80 minute game that I had been looking forward to for weeks. When I heard the pop and felt the pain I knew my season was over so I decided to go ahead and finish the game. The pain was intense but I wanted to enjoy my game especially because I had a feeling it was my last. Half of my friends said they were shocked I pushed through the pain and finished the game and the other half fully understood what I did and why I did it. So the question is; what would you have done?
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  • no profile photo JMWATSON1
    I do understand why you did what you did, but you defintely need to take things easy now! Knee injuries require long recovery periods. Plenty of people I know who are struggling with their weight are doing so because of injuries they didn't let heal so the injuries got the better of them. Don't, please don't, let that happen to you!!! Heal up and get back out there. As for what I'da done?? Probably the same thing...although I don't love soccer that much...I do understand loving an activity enough to go through the pain. You Rock!
    3906 days ago
  • EAGLEDALEGIRL
    CALL ME A WIMP BUT IF I WAS IN THAT MUCH PAIN, I WOULD HAVE QUIT. BUT HATS OFF TO YOU FOR STAYING. IT SHOWS WHAT A STRONG PERSON YOU ARE. GOD WILL LOOK AFTER YOU AND MAYBE YOU WILL BE BACK BEFORE THE SEASON IS OVER. WHO KNOWS.
    3907 days ago
  • no profile photo BYEBYESP
    First, thanks so much for the blog-luv. That was very nice of you.
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    As to what I would've done, well, I probably would have totally wimped-out and quit. I think the fact you didn't says something very good about your character despite what some might say about a disregard for your body. You still rock!
    I just hope your injury isn't too serious, and you heal up quick...
    3907 days ago
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