We are extremely fortunate, that we are able to help athletes achieve their goals of playing well in high school, earn scholarships and make it to the Collegiate and professional levels. Our athletes often report back about how different College is because of the business demeanor associated with everything that involves their sport. Meetings, workouts and practice are very serious, leaving many incoming athletes shocked. Beyond that, many players have a difficult time understanding how injuries are handled.Most College programs have their own in-house Physical Therapists, Doctors, Surgeons and any other professionals that the athletes might need. When an athlete gets hurt, the Physical Therapist and maybe Doctors–depending on the severity of the injury–take a look at them to determine the best course of action, and length of recovery time which will be taken to get the athlete back to full speed. The problem with this model in a unsound athletic program (so no, not every program is this way), is that these health professionals work for the school and the team. It is in their interest to keep their boss happy, and many times, the athlete’s health can become a secondary goal.
We suggest that you always get a second opinion from a Physical Therapist or a Doctor that you trust. When athletes step outside of the physical therapist and doctors involved within their program, it will often be frowned upon. Nevertheless, it is the best move for the athlete. In a private practice, the pressure from team politics is removed–thus setting up an atmosphere where the best decisions concerning the athletes health can be made. There have been countless cases of athletes at the College and Professional level, being forced back into action too early–causing more damage, and possibly ending their career (RGIII).
When you begin your College career–remember that it is a business of winning games, to create more exposure, increase attendance, and ultimately make more money. Your health must remain your priority, so do all the necessary things you need to do to keep yourself safe. Get second or even third opinions, and be the one who makes the final decision. Work with people who can keep you safe all season long.