Research Project

“You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice” – Bob Marley

Western University football field, London Ontario Canada
by Joanna Kurowski
Catholic Central High School (CCH) football field, London Ontario Canada
by Joanna Kurowski

My research project is based on a personal story of my son who was a very promising American football player with a dream to play professional sports. While he was at a peak of his sporting career, he got injured. This very common knee injury came back three more times resulting in total of four surgeries and a close call to being disabled. While he was in the university, he was told that he will never be able to play sports again.  He was devastated. His dreams were shattered. He didn’t know what to do about his future.  He (and the rest of us – family, friends, strangers that came into our lives because of this situation and ended up supporting him through this time) had to go through a very emotional process while he had to make decisions about his life.

by Joanna Kurowski

While this is a personal story of a football player, my story will focus on emotions, not on the actual sporting career. I want to present a story from a view point of a mother observing highs and lows of a developing passion for sports, capturing the peak performance and the abrupt end to the sporting career, as well as the transition moment to the final outcome of that change.