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A head shot is more dangerous. It could cause bleeding that isn't noticed until it is too late. Think Natasha Richardson. In her soccer games, few players ever head the ball. I guess one way to look at it is how your child plays the game. Unfortunately, my daughter is an aggressive all out player who isn't afraid to take a hit. If we let her play, I would need to get the coach to move her out of her normal center midfielder position. She kind of feels that she needs to play since she is the leader of the team. Right now I'm kind of leaning towards holding her out for the first game to see her counts next week. If they get above 50, I'll not hold her back.

Can she still practice with the team? That might make it a little easier for her if she can still participate a bit. Right now if it was my kid, I wouldn't let her play either. I don't know if I'd let her play at 50 either, but I'm a worrywart and I'd go by what the doctor said about when it would be safe to play. (Of course since your wife had it, she would know a lot more about it than I do!)

Hope your daughter will get her platelet counts up quickly so she can get back to doing the things she enjoys!
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