I'm sick, with flu-like symptoms - so needless to say I'm a little anxious and overly sensitive to statements like this. I can't count how many times I've heard my athletes come to the weightroom with this type of news. Along the same lines, "I hurt my wrist, so no upper body today" or "my back's tight, so I'm not supposed to lift today." I hate this, I really hate this. I don't hate the fact that the athlete needs to adjust the workout, I really don't. I hate the fact that someone told them only what they CAN'T do. I've never had an athlete come to me and say "I got kicked in the ankle today at soccer practice, but I can do all the stuff on my good leg, some more upper body, and maybe some extra core stuff while the other athletes are finishing up." In fact, I would never expect them to say that, but maybe just "I got kicked in the ankle today at soccer practice, but I can do everything that doesn't hurt it."
Best quote tangent: "I rather have an athlete with one weak leg, than two," Mike Boyle
The issue is that when I get this news, I have to obey by principle of authority. I'm handcuffed, so please, coaches, athletic trainers, whoever the evil news-bearers are that are telling my athletes they can't do any lower body because they took a fastball off the toe, take a second to tell them what they can do. They already feel incapable as it is and distanced from the team because they now need a special workout. People who know me, know that I don't care how much my athletes squat or bench. But the last thing I want them to feel is weak. I'm going back to bed.