When the Big One was about 15-months-old, he ran into a table with a rounded corner at his wonderful daycare. (I say this because I don’t want anyone to think that it was the fault of the daycare.) He was a new walker who stumbled, and he ended up hitting this table at just the right spot. He bumped his head and fractured his skull. He was fine, but had an enormous blue egg in the center of his forehead for about 8 weeks. I used to tease him that when he was one, he grew a unicorn horn for a period of time. I joke now, but that experience was really scary, and it’s made me hypervigilent about the Big One’s head protection. (He also had another concussion when he was 4 years old, so head injuries are a huge fear of mine.)
Fast forward to this year, and and the Big One is now a teenager. The (American) football coach at the Big One’s school approached him and asked him if he would consider joining the team. The Big One said, “You’ll have talk to my mom, but she’ll say no.” And he’s right— it’s the one sport that I have refused to let him play because it’s just too dangerous. That’s no to say that other sports don’t have their dangers and risks. They all do. Playing non-tackle, flag football, the Big One got an elbow in his mouth, which led to copious bleeding. Playing basketball, he got shoved across the court, and hit his head. Playing soccer, he got hit in the chest with a ball, and had the wind knocked out of him.
Accidents can happen in any sport, and the older the kids get, the rougher they play, and the more I, as a mom, worry. And the worst part about the injuries is the fact that some injuries mean that your child can’t play for the entire season. Recently, I was sent some Storelli products recently for the Big One to try out. He received the Bodyshield Sleeveless Undershirt, along with the ExoShield Head Guard. We were both excited to check out the gear, and he thought the design was extremely slick.
He was eager to try the equipment at practice, and wore them the very next day. He shared that he loved the feel of the undershirt, he felt powerful and protected. In fact, he really liked wearing it alone. Since I have always stressed the importance of guarding against injury, I think the gear allowed him to feel more confident and less worried about injury.
When he tried on the ExoShield Head Guard, the Big One asked if this would prevent against a concussion. I warned him that it was not designed to prevent concussions entirely, but was designed to provide a greater level of protection from the head injuries that soccer players are most likely to experience during the game. It is designed to reduce the impact of head injuries, but he still needed to be careful. (I reminded him that even football players got head injuries when wearing helmets!) He wore the Head Guard and reported that it did seem to offer more protection, but it initially felt very snug. (He said it did loosen up somewhat.) His biggest complained about the head guard was the fact that it retained heat when playing.
Overall, the Big One seemed very proud and excited by his new gear. (Of course, what Athletic doesn’t like sleek and cool gear to wear?) He also agreed that anything that he could do to prevent injuries from occurring, rather than treating them afterwards was a good idea. As both parents and child athletes know #injuriessuck!
Are you a mom who worries a lot about injuries like I do? Do you agree that #injuriessuck? Then here’s your chance to learn more about Storelli’s line of protective products for the youth and adult soccer player, and you can save $10 off your first purchase if you sign up for their newsletter. Don’t forget that your kiddos should #FearNothingGiveEverything when they on the field!