Dr. Sportsfem: So you're going to need to go to physical therapy for a month for your knee pain.
13 year old boy's mother: Will he be able to play football?
Dr. Sportsfem: Not until his knee stops hurting
13 year old boy: OK, I just won't play football this year
Dr. Sportsfem: Well you can still play, you just can't play for a month or so.
13 year old boy: No, it's OK. I understand. I just won't play.
Dr. Sportsfem: Your knee will probably be ok by the time school starts
13 year old boy: Yeah, but there's summer practice so I'm going to have to miss that. And I know myself, if I go back too early, I'll play too hard and then I'll just hurt my knee again. So I just won't play this year.
After we left the room, I turned to Dr. Sportsfem and said "I don't think he likes playing football too much." She said "I was thinking the same thing." I realize I am not an expert on 13 year old boys (and trust me, I am OK with that) but I've never seen a kid give in that easily to not doing a sport.