While I’m dealing with my first major sports injury, it’s amazing I got through this many years of contact sports without any minor or serious injuries or complications.
- My father was a hockey player and worked his way up to the minor leagues before quitting to start a family with my mother.
He had at least eight concussions, four broken teeth, and a bunch of broken bones in his arms, legs, and torso. It’s obvious that he’s feeling the after effects of these injuries this many years down the road. And while getting a sports injury is painful enough physically, it’s also rough when it takes you out of a season and you can no longer play on the team that you devote so much time to. I’m lucky that my injury didn’t permanently remove my ability to walk. I was hit by multiple players from three different directions and herniated a bunch of discs in my back. Right now I’m slowly working through my physical therapy sessions. It’s tough but I know that the harder I work, the quicker I’ll get back to being on my team again. Unfortunately, the pain can be fairly intimidating at times. They give me Tylenol and Advil, but they’re not enough to relieve the discomfort. Thus far, CBD has been my most effective pain reliever outside of prescription painkillers. It’s amazing how much the endocannabinoid system regulates the perception of pain in the body. CBD seems to be the most effective cannabinoid for pain relief as well. I’ll keep consuming as much CBD as I need to get through the recovery phase of this sports injury.