Haven't had this one myself, but research professional sports -- a whole lot of them had had this surgery. Google that and see how many came back and how many didn't. The one thing I can tell you is that the time it takes to come back is an individual thing -- it depends obviously on how bad this injury was and how skilled and experienced the surgeon was, but we all heal at different speeds. The fact your son is a toned athlete will probably promote healing -- he has muscle he'll need to support it as he rehabs. But again, people heal at different speeds, the injuries while being labeled the same aren't, but the surgeon usually can see this when the operation is done and give you pretty good guidance. The question of playing football is a different one, however. Part of that will be how much he enjoys it, but part of it will be up to your family to discuss. A growing number of pros are not letting their kids play football because of the head injury problem. If he is a good enough athlete to become a pro, and the odds of this happening are infinitesimal, the monetary reward might be worth it. Even a college scholarship, if you can't afford to send him to college and he can't get academic scholarships, can be extremely rewarding financially. But everyone who plays a sport at a rigorous level is going to get hurt sometime, even if it's on the playground. Intense sports activity puts a lot of stress on the body. The difference with football is, you're intentionally hurling yourself at other really big and strong people and they're hurling themselves at you. The further he goes, the bigger and stronger the opponents become. Life is short, you gotta do what you love, but most of don't jump out of airplanes and that's actually a lot safer than playing tackle football at a high level. As a sprinter, the chances of the monetary reward disappear unless he wins a few Olympics, unlikely unless he's Jamaican at the present time. But if he loves it, he won't have to face being attacked on every play by a giant guy with muscles the size of pumpkins. But again, people do this because they love to do it. And if he's truly great at it and can still be great at it after recovery, something that has no guarantee, he's probably going to do it no matter what. I used to be a big sports fan, and I played a lot of playground basketball. When I was a kid, we played all sports, but the one I didn't really like was tackle football -- I personally preferred flag because it just seemed silly running into to other people and having them run into me intentionally. But it's the most popular sport on TV for a reason. You can't fight that if he's really good at it.
Thanks for your comments. We live in an area where football rules and all other sports going on during that season are sissy sports. lol Not lol though. Lots of pressure to play football for boys. We'll have to discuss if football will be in his future again but its a hard thing to give up once you are part of that group. What they do to their bodies in their youth, I don't think they realize what can happen later on to those same injuries. Pain years later is something I don't have but lots complain of. So, we'll see.
The kid made state last year which is a pretty big deal in track. Too bad that this doesn't get the same kind of notoriety or financial reward with college.
His surgeon did not give great feedback on how long for total recovery.