“Taking them away from me” which is how I saw it as a child, did me far more psychological damage than not ever doing them in the first place could have caused. If I could go back to childhood, knowing what I do now about my body and the state it’s in after more than a dozen surgeries, I would seriously consider which physical activities I pursued. If I had to choose, swimming would probably have been the safest and the more enduring, for me.
If I had the chance to go back, I would choose to not play all those other sports that I loved in favour of a body that doesn’t have sutures and pins and other foreign objects holding it together. I would choose safe sports over what I was the best at, and I would choose balanced participation. I would also find other things to be good at and to foster my skills in other areas of my life.
The sports I did well were terrible for my body.
Don’t forget to check out Part 3 in this series on Sport & Hypermobility