I’ve never been very athletic. Not in elementary school, not in middle school, and certainly not now.
In the last year I took physical education, an incident occurred when we were playing soccer that completely terrified me. My close friend was kicking the ball and accidentally hit me in the face. My glasses broke and I was bleeding for quite a while. For the rest of the year, I was extremely uncomfortable in said class, covering my face when I was forced to participate in soccer.
This year, I, unfortunately, chose PE as an elective. The teacher I had last year was very kind, and he is my teacher again.
However, I am still very afraid of the sport itself. This year, the classes not required, and there are more violent and competitive students. To add to the matter, I am getting braces this weekend, and my orthodontist has told me that: if I get hit in the face, they will lacerate my mouth.
On top of this new anxiety, added onto old, I am seriously considering transferring out of gym class. However, the office is no longer making schedule changes. The gym teacher, as well as my mother, suggest that I should transfer out. My mother told me that I can use my fear and a note from the orthodontist, if need be, to get out of this class.
My question is, what should I do? Should I attempt to transfer out of class and possibly use my anxiety disorder to manipulate (which I am very against)? Or should I attempt to make the best of a bad situation and remain in the class?