Six weeks ago, my 12-year-old son had an operation on his back to take out two discs. He had immediate relief from his back and leg pain. He is ready to go back to playing soccer. Is this safe?

Your son can return to all activities when his doctor releases him to do so. After any kind of surgery and time away from sports and activities, it is wise to warm up slowly and carefully with some stretching exercises. Your doctor can recommend a physical therapist to help show your son what to do. Gradually increasing how much and how hard your son plays soccer is also a good idea.