From August to November, the school’s soccer teams practice up to six times a week, sometimes more than once a day. This is almost constant exercise for high school students who also have jobs, school work and families. Not only does it take up a lot of time, but doing this can also cause injuries, leaving the players temporarily or permanently hurt.
Nearly every year, at least one player has a concussion. The PIAA has gotten tougher with the rules on recovery, making sure that any player who even shows symptoms is to be removed from the match and will not return to playing until he or she is cleared by a doctor.
Thankfully, most injuries on the boys soccer team this year are minor.
“I don’t have any major injuries this year. A few pulled muscles here and there, but when I was younger I did break my ankle and get a concussion,” senior Jarrett Schmidhammer said.
“I’ve had the occasional sprain and fracture, but nothing bad enough to make me ever stop playing. It’s what we do, and injuries happen no matter what you’re doing, not just while playing sports,” freshman Bailey Musselman said.
It is plain to see that student athletes are more likely to be injured, yet they stay involved.
“It’s worth it,” senior defender Christian Schandelmeier said. “You can’t just stop playing soccer completely because you’re afraid of something.”