Playing Through The Pain

Dolphins quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, is slow to get up after two hard impacts in a game.

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Dolphins quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, is slow to get up after two hard impacts in a game.

Giana Mejia, Photojournalist

Sports injuries are common among athletes; however, players continue to try to play through it, which makes it worse. Through these dangerous attempts, many players have permanently ended their sports careers. Athletes are eager to get back to playing but do not realize the extreme risk they are taking. This has become a regular thing for athletes, and even though they may think it’s a minor injury, it could lead to severe effects. 

 

Recently, many football players have attempted to play through sports injuries. The latest player, Tua Tagovailoa, tried to play through a concussion, and reporters do not believe he will return to the field soon. After a tackle, his head made a harsh impact on the turf, and he got up very slowly, which was the first sign of the injury. However, after stepping off, he claimed it was a minor back injury and went back on the field. There, he received another harsh blow to the head, which permanently took him out of the game. His life-threatening injury has caused the NFL to revisit their concussion protocols after receiving backlash. Allowing the player to continue to play when he was clearly hurt put his life in danger. 

 

Playing through an injury is not only seen in football, but also in almost any sport. NBA player Jeremy Lin recalls a time when Stephen Curry played through an ankle injury for a regular season game. Curry suffered from a minor ankle injury but chose to play through it, even though they were already guaranteed out of the playoffs that year. He is known to have suffered through many ankle injuries, and it raises questions as to why he doesn’t try to heal fully. If he took the time to rest, he would be less likely to become injured so easily. Fans praised him for his hard work, but he also displayed irresponsible behavior. Although he didn’t suffer any serious injuries, later on, things could have escalated quickly. 

​​Athletes play through injuries because of both their passion for the game and unwillingness to let their teammates down.”

— Kristi Ikemoto (12)

 

Recently, young players have felt pressured to display this work ethic of playing and working at all costs. Kristi Ikemoto (12), a YLHS student on the Women’s Varsity basketball team, explains, “​​Athletes play through injuries because of both their passion for the game and unwillingness to let their teammates down.” However, this mindset will only do harm. By brushing off injuries, athletes aren’t letting their bodies fully heal. This makes them more susceptible to injuries later on in their career. It’s important for players to recognize playing through pain versus playing through soreness (U.S. News).