Beware of Speeding Tricycles and Wayward Golf Clubs
When training up young athletes, coaches are always reminding them of injuries sustained by the pros, both on and off the field. Some of those injuries are actually comical in nature whilst other times they are sad mishaps which may have been avoided had more attention been given to the task at hand.
Other times, they are simply accidents which probably couldn’t have been avoided but then again, perhaps a bit more care would have saved the day.
Coaches love to talk about two well-known ‘accidents’ which kept pro players off the field for a good bit of time.
Beware of Salad Cream?
One story they love to use when teaching youths to protect their young bodies at all costs is the time when goalkeeper Dave Beasant dropped a bottle of salad cream. It wouldn’t have been bad except for the fact that it landed on his foot and kept him out of his game for eight full weeks whilst his wounds healed.
Beware of Golf Clubs?
Another mishap which could have been avoided was when American soccer player, Kasey Kelly, tried pulling his golf clubs out of his car. Unfortunately, he must have not been wearing a mouth guard or a goalkeeper mask because he pulled just a bit too hard and knocked his front teeth out.
David Batty, one-time Leeds United defensive midfielder, is also not new to off-the-field injuries as is evidenced by the fact that he ‘re-injured’ his Achilles tendon when his toddler ran over his foot on a tricycle.
These are just some of the stories coaches like to mention when teaching young athletes to be as cautious off the field as on because there may come a day when that body is ready for the pros. It’s a bit of a stretch to think that it is possible to go through life wearing a goalkeeper mask to protect your teeth from wayward golf clubs, but it is good to know about Achilles straps if you accidentally get run over by a speeding tricycle.
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