Forick,My 16 year old in January fractured the 4th vertibre in his back and was in the $1500.00 body brace for the 3 months. Don't worry they heal quickly .His Doctors let him play football we just ended the season made it to the playoffs but was slamed last Saturday 34 to 0 .I was a wreck worring about his back but he is great now . Coming to Belize Dec.29 thru Jan 4 for diving . I am sure your son will be just fine too.