DS is college sophomore in a fall sport that has a short spring training season as well. Freshman year, practices started a week before classes; a couple of days in, he has a health issue that prevents him from making the varsity squad. Does great in spring training season, but . . . has academic issues and is on academic probation for the fall season of sophomore year. Improves the academic situation, is informed by the coach that he will be moved to a starting position on varsity, excited for the new challenge, ready to start spring training . . . but six weeks before spring session starts, he tears his ACL and meniscus.
( Surgery in the next couple of weeks. If he is very lucky, he may be cleared toward the end of next fall's season.
But, while the sport has not been what we had planned on so far, he loves his school and we still believe he made the right choice in that regard. Now if we can just get him on the field!
It's a lesson for all athletes.