Turns out she has a condition I also had as a kid. It's fairly common, but has a weird name, "Osgood Schlatter's Disease". It's a repetitive use injury that occurs during growth spurts, so it's common in 8-12 yo female athletes, and somewhat older male athletes. I was never an athlete ;-) It's an inflammation where the tendon around the knee attaches to the shin bone (not the exact medical terms ;-) Anyway, she can't catch for the rest of the season :-(, but the doc did say she could continue to play with a knee brace. She is to wear the knee brace as long as she feels she needs the support, which right now she does. She can take gym (I didn't when I had flare-ups). She is to take advil regularly for 7-10 days, and the main thing is to rest it - not easy for an active kid! I'm actually glad we're supposed to have a cool, rainy holiday weekend! She won't do permanent damage by being active; it will just take longer for this "episode" to clear up. In the future, she needs to stretch her hamstrings and strengthen her quads before playing sports. I'm afraid catching may be out (although I"ll let her try again next year), because deep knee bends are the worst!
We were upset we weren't able to get Rachel onto a summer basketball team, but now it turns out that's for the best, since she's supposed to rest the knee for 6-8 weeks. Basketball is also not good because of the jumping.
Oy! That's our sports update. Not serious, just disappointing.
Anyone else dealing with anything like this? A friend of mine said a lot of girls in her dd's leagues wear knee braces. (Her dd is a bit older.)