Francis is a big boy, so give him some time to build some kind of tank. We have to be patient. It took Hurls 5 years to get to AA level. ( I reckon he got to that level about halfway through the 2014 season.)
And he's a growing boy which sine pointed out previously, I would also hope that things like Glandular fever and the like have been eliminated for his lack of endurance. Would hate to see him pushed into chronic fatigue. But hopefully totally jumping at shadows there.
The upside is that if he is growing still and is as talented as indicated, we could have stolen the best KP in the draft with a bit of luck.
So I'm with you Chris, just give the boy time and let him "grow" into his potential and start pushing when his body is ready for it.
How does one get pushed into chronic fatigue?
I am sure the kid will be fine, he is in the correct environment, with good doctors and sports specialists around him. Not something we should be worrying about.
In saying this and in answer to your question.
Its a very real possibility, what Scarey is saying has Merret. His a kid, still growing, and has gone through a hell of a lot of over the past year especially with his brother. I have been battling chronic fatigue for 5 years, let me tell you it is not pretty.
Most people who get it, have pushed the limits too hard and for too long, often (but no always) there is an underlying condition that they where not aware of. Glandular fever for example as Scarey said.
Having it myself I have talked to many people with the condition. Every case is different, but there is one thing we all have in common. We where all highly motivated, highly driven, and basically burnt ourself's out to the point where it takes years if ever (in some cases), for our body's to fully recover.
Usually an underlying condition, combined with high stress, (both physical and mental) are at the root of the cause.
Thanks Munna, I wish you well, I agree with you, Speedy G and DJR that he should be absolutely fine. and it was alarmist to bring it up, but as an older nurse with an infectious diseases background and having my 18YO recently have glandular fever, and see him so easily exhausted and knowing that it is very common in adolescents and the growth spurt putting extra strain on your system, plus a kid just arriving in a new elite sports environment where he would be desperate to impress, these are all potential ingredients for chronic fatigue.
My perspective however is skewed by having knowledge and experience in this area making it seem more of a possibility, because you are extra aware of it. A bit like when you get a new car and you notice that model every time you see it instead of it just being one amongst many. So, because glandular fever and growth spurts in 18YO are so common and the exhaustion so obvious, I would expect Doc Reid and the EFC fitness staff to be right onto it if it was a possibility which could put him in danger of chronic fatigue.
So I accept my freaking out worry wort tag, but, hey, this is the blitz.