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08-20-2008, 10:34 PM
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slightlystoopid
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Need Advice on Injuries

So I've been playing for approximately 4 years now. I am currently 16, 6 foot and 169.6 pounds. For the last two years I've been playing JV as I did not take my hockey too seriously to begin with. Now, my coach has approached me and assured me that varsity is just around the corner this season. We hit the ice in October.
The problem is, my mom has been really getting into my head. She warns me that if I get seriously injured my life will be ruined. She knows how much I love hockey, as it is one of my only passions and I never want to give it up.
I never worried about injury before, but this time my mom really put the thought deep in my head. I never thought about it before, but varsity is going to be a huge difference from JV. For the first time I'm scared to play hockey. I haven't been concussed or injured in the three years I've been playing contact hockey (knock on wood), and I really pray to keep it this way.
We've talked about it and decided that for sure I'll be getting a neck brace the next time I hit the pro shop. Do you all think this will help? I know it's required in Canada, which is re-assuring. I'm really afraid of a spinal injury and the neck brace seems to really be protective.
So, what I need is advice/comments/thoughts on injuries. What is the likelihood of getting seriously injured? Thanks for reading.

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