Thank you for contacting Just Answer. It seems to me that you have been handling your son very well. He is not a little boy --- younger than seven, so he has the capacity to internalize what you are saying. You said he loves the sport, talks about it all the time and can hardly wait for the season to roll around each year. I You've explained very well how he was hurt before --- that it is unlikely to be hurt that way again. I would acknowledge to myself that he is anxious about it but would absolutely not dwell on it. Of course, if he brings it up, I would talk to him about it. I would not, though, raise it with him. You don't want your own anxiety projected onto him. When he brings it up, I would again talk about how the other situations were a fluke.
Should I address the fact that if he doesn't get over this fear that he won't be able to play anymore, as the coach will admittedly not put him in if he doesn't engage in the game? Or, do I just let that play out and my son will have to decide how to handle it when, and if, that happens?
No, I would not do that! I would let it play out. It may be that playing more, he will lose his fear. Also, it wouldn't hurt to talk to him but only if he brings it up. I would say, you don't need to tell your coach all the gruesome details about your fears. Just play. You could talk about your fears at home if you wish.
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