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In the world of sports and high school athletics, there’s an old – and dangerous – saying: if you’re hurt, don’t show it and just “play through it.”

It goes back to the story of Wally Pipp. Wally Pipp was the first baseman of the New York Yankees, and a good one at that. Yet he was temporarily benched by manager Miller Huggins on June 2, 1925 – legend had it he had a headache – and replaced by a young Lou Gehrig.

Baseball fans know how the story ends: Gehrig went on to play 2,130 – straight games and Pipp never played for the Yankees again.

Unfortunately, many athletes – especially those in high school, where the competition is particularly intense – take abnormal anecdotes like this to heart; they play injured, afraid that by sitting, they’ll relinquish their position, perhaps indefinitely.

Doing so, of course, is extremely dangerous to the athlete. Fortunately, there are other options available.

As providers of sports physical therapy in Downers Grove, our strength and conditioning programs can help minimize the risk of injury, or quickly and effectively rehabilitate high school athletes suffering from an injury.

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