My son is a high school junior RHP. Made varsity as a sophomore on a very good team. Well thought of enough by coaching staff to start playoffs for them. Profiles for D3 baseball, not D1 (not in my opinion, anyway).
What’s the best tactic in terms of sharing (or not) some minor injury history? Here’s the background…
He found himself with a sore elbow this past December, while starting his arm conditioning program to prepare for the current season. Rested for 2 weeks. No improvement. Visited an orthopedist. Did XRays and MRIs. Orthopedist found NO structural damage of any kind (sigh of relief), but saw a little inflamation where the various bones of the elbow connect (you can tell I"m not a Dr. by that description!). Assessed the problem as one where his shoulder had lost range of motion from too much weight training and so now the elbow was taking on too much responsibility for the deceleration phase, causing the soreness She sentenced him to some more rest and a PT program (we were lucky enough to land a PT who works with some MLB pitchers).
He was finally pain free by early Feb and began the “return to throw program” whereby he stretches his throwing distance a little bit, every other day. He’s set to start bullpens next week and – knock wood – return to game action in 3 weeks.
So, he’s fully healthy and had NO structural problems nor anything that should be recurring. Some of his college coaches (the ones he’s talked to) have asked for updated video – and of course he doesn’t have any from this season. Should my son just avoid the subject of why or come forth and soft-play his issues by saying he was out with some tendinitis (i.e. something that won’t feel so worrisome)?
I’ve found that college coaches could care less about high school stats so they haven’t asked him about his this season (good, since none exist). I figure if we can avoid making any disclosure until the summer, my son will be in good shape. At that point, the coaches will either finalize a deicsion they want him or not based on tournament/showcase/camp performances. But for now, what do folks think about the risks of disclosing this type of injury. Note: I will not, not let my son, make a false statement to a coach. I don’t mind avoiding the subject but if asked a direct quesiton, he’ll answer it truthfully.