I have been a hockey fan for as long as I can remember. Even as a toddler, my dad and I always got together to play hockey. I was a pretty good hockey player as well.
In the past I have always felt lucky when I played on team with my dad. We shared the same birthday, and that always meant a lot of fun and games. But as the season has gone on, I have felt more and more disheartened. I have grown to the point where I don’t enjoy the game anymore. Even when I was in school, I would sometimes go out to a hockey game and I could still get excited about it.
I’m a competitive person. And I like to win. I like to prove my worth. But all the times I have had injuries that I have really looked forward to, I have never found any joy in them. It’s just one of those things that I feel it would be stupid to find any joy in.
I think the main reason you can feel disheartened with hockey is because there are so many injuries. Every time I get injured, I feel like I have to get back up to the previous level. And that is really the point where I feel like I am done. I can play but I feel like the game is just too difficult to recover from. I feel I am not capable of experiencing my sport as much as I used to.
I think the issue stems from the fact that hockey is such a sport that it is almost always dangerous. Most of the injuries are actually of the more minor variety, which in turn makes them more dangerous. But because hockey is so dangerous, you have to be a pretty reckless person to play it. Because when you are a beginner, you just do a lot of jumping and jostling that can lead to serious injuries.
The good news is that hockey is pretty forgiving. Because of this, you can get back to playing it quickly. Players in the past have been willing to return to the game. Many of the injuries were minor, but a few of them were serious. The ones that were serious, like a broken leg, have become rarer because players have learned to play differently and are more aware of the risks of playing hockey again.
It’s true. I played hockey for over ten years, and I have serious injuries from when I was a rookie, and things I’ve suffered during my playing career. I’ve also played some of the bigger leagues, and I’ve been to more than a few games. I know it’s happened to lots of other players, and I know it happens to lots of other people who are new to the sport.
In fact, while I was playing at high-level, I had to be on crutches for three years until I got my legs. I had to wear a brace for two years to keep my leg in place, and I had surgery to repair my knee in my late twenties. I had to have two knee surgeries, and a hip in my thirties.
So you have to have a lot of time to heal. But seriously, the more injuries you have, the more you lose. And the more time you have to heal, the less time you have to heal. And in hockey, you have a lot of time to heal.
What’s more, the more you do get hurt, the more you become a human. You get injured, you take a backseat, you make excuses, you can’t play as much, you take a few days off a few times a year, and then you come back to the ice and you’re a wreck. And the longer you can go without getting hurt, the more you become a person.