For dedicated athletes, losing the ability to compete in the sport they love is devastating. We are here to demystify the process of healthy transition for permanently-sidelined athletes and help supply you with tools to be an effective support to your sidelined son/daughter. Our three-prong program has been developed based on research in sports psychology to help sidelined athletes cope with their loss, feel supported, connect with one another, and eventually move forward in a positive light. Below we’ve offered some suggested resources to help get you started. Be sure to check out our Tools tab for new resources added regularly.
Read our research-based resources to assist in promoting a healthy adjustment and psychological recovery following career-ending injury, health condition, or repeat concussions. Utilize Sidelined USA’s resources to learn how to better support your son/daughter through the process of grief, loss, and transition forward. Below we have linked a few articles that can serve as a starting point. Be sure to listen to the truly informative interview with sports psychologist, Matt Brown. Click here to access recommended articles for your son/daughter.
Help connect your sidelined son/daughter with others who personally understand the loss they have experienced. Through our podcast interview series, we highlight stories of sidelined athletes who candidly share both their grief/pain as well as their personal path towards finding a meaningful way forward. We also host two online connection groups, one for sidelined athletes and one for you parents as well. Through joining these closed Facebook groups, you both can connect with others who are going through/have gone through similar experiences.
At Sidelined USA we help permanently-sidelined student-athletes find new fulfillment and adapt to their new reality in a meaningful way. Finding an alternate way for your son/daughter to stay involved with their sport, or with sports in general, can provide an outlet to stay connected to the things that matter most to them.
Sports Photography, Sports Journalism, Coaching, Sports P.A., Athletic Training are just a few ideas. We encourage you to explore the options and encourage your son/daughter to try something out!
Do you ever wish you could talk to another parent of a sidelined athlete? Do you wish your son/daughter had another sidelined athlete to talk to? Our organization was founded by permanently-sidelined athlete, Cade Pinalto, and his mother, Christine. We'd love to personally connect and be a sounding board for you as you process your family’s new reality. Shoot us a note here to connect with us.