At least for now. After struggling with knee pain since about UCA last year, and three other doctors as it increasingly got worse dismissing it as growth related, no big deal, CP saw the sports chiropractor that works with the University cheer and pom teams, and he definitely doesn't think it is no big deal. Apparently he's growth spurt has pulled her muscles and tendons so tight that her knee is actually dislocating and relocating slightly, and as a result, she has a lot of pain. She's out for two months to rehab and then reevaluate. After talking to her coaches and the athletic director, they released her from her contract for this season. She's welcome to walk back on (and, as the athletic director put it, we have a big credit on the books when she is ready to start taking classes again, so she can come and work back up to it when she is ready), but for this season, she's out of cheer. She will be doing therapy several times a week, and will be doing low impact activities at the city rec center, like swimming. They will work with a doctor's recommendation. She's depressed, but she also seems validated-she has been struggling emotionally as it got harder physically becsuse she just can't do what she could do even a few months ago. And she hates quitting anything. But having her coaches tell her that this is what she needs to do helps a lot. And chronic knee pain at 14 isn't a good thing. After 10 years as a cheer mom, I think I feel as confused and adrift as she does. I knew she would be leaving the sport eventually, and I looked forward to the days of less driving and waiting, but I hadn't expected it to come so soon.