Are you in the process of applying to colleges with the intention of playing ball? Because if so, you’re in an unfortunate situation at the moment.
Because of your age and the timing of this injury, your shelf-life for roster consideration is not good – not impossible mind you, just not good. And the reason for making that statement is due to a thing called the “pipeline”.
The “pipeline” is a narrow opening that has at one end - a volume of athletes and non-athletes alike trying to jockey for their spot in a classroom. And since space and college resources can accommodate just so many … again, athletes and non-athletes alike, the selection process can be that of the “fittest”, athletically and academically, all trying to fit into that narrow opening of acceptance.
Having an injury like yours doesn’t help you fit into that narrow opening – but, neither does it exclude you either. An honest, open dialogue on both sides of the table – college rep’s and you, is the only way to go. But, the bottom line is your health and quality of life AFTER this time period and a few years beyond.
Now for my experiences - to answer your question … as you put it, HONESTLY. The players that I’ve addressed did NOT come into the programs that I’ve been involved with, WITH your injury as a starting point. To be perfectly HONEST with you our programs (systems) didn’t have to consider these people. We had more than enough talent banging on our doors to get in, and a healthily stock of strong arms and experience on the shelf. So, from strictly a business standpoint – why go looking for trouble at the starting gate. I know that seems cold and cruel but that’s the competitive life. Nothing personal, just business.
Now for the guys that get injured, and the impact on the club,organization and resources available for player recovery. An injury like yours requires “fixing” to the basic structure of the body – bone, an attaching the “system” that has been destroyed in part or in total. Healing that area requires careful monitoring and the startup of activity using that area to support the joint, appendages, and even reasonable blood flow that supports recovery AND SENSING TO WHAT EXTENT YOUR ABLE TO FUNCTION BASICALLY – NOT COMPETITIVELY.
Unfortunately, competitive sports are not interested in how well you can turn a door knob, lift a fork to your mouth, or even shake hands and wave goodbye. Anybody can do that… I repeat anybody can do that --- in addition to being a razor edge ready when called on, to perform. Anything short of that… rehabbing at OUR PACE not yours is a fact of life that many just can’t cope with… much less accept. Only the toughest, hard nose, single minded individuals make it. There’s NO room for anyone or anything other than focusing on recovery – to make a living. And in competitive sports – your shelf life is short as it is, so complicating that - little time that you have, with recovery is cruel and merciless.
That’s the problem with ALL of the players that I’ve coached on a rehab list. To the club and myself, there’s a timetable for recovery – and that timetable is all about money out of somebody’s pocket without money going back in. Type two problems like yours were diagnosed well in advance because players are property … say, like a lawnmower. If after a few pulls on the ole starter cord and the thing doesn’t start, we immediately bring the thing (player) into the shop and start asking ourselves “ what’s gong on here?” We don’t wait for …” ahhh coach, I think there’s something wrong with my arm.” And there is one of your problems – you didn’t have the kind of observation on your side that my guys have had on their side. In addition, you’re still growing, sort of, and you have recovery issues based on economics, the dictates of your other agendas, and so forth.
Had you STOP’D everything when you first noticed the discomfort… had you had someone notice your ability(s) that was not inline with your historical performance(s) you experiences might be different. And I do stress the word .. MIGHT. Amateur athletics is either a feast or famine world and trying to hold any adult, organization, municipality, school or training facility accountable for your condition prior to its diagnosis is just not reasonable – unless you and your parents know otherwise.
I hope I addressed your concerns and your question(s). But again, please understand that I do not participate in youth athletics, so my responses are framed in a way that might not hit your situation directly. I will however give your professional advice that you can debate with anyone who has an interest in you – focus on recovering for every day life, not athletics. Focus on how well you can drive a car and turn the steering wheel to get back and forth to work, home, school, take your parents shopping. Lifting grocery bags, raking your front yard, helping your parents move the kitchen table and putting an extra leaf in the table for company coming for dinner, operating a vacuum cleaner, cleaning windows, etc. These functions are usually ignored when recovering form your type of injury, - so don’t.