About sixth months ago my younger child (2009) got a ball to the face kicked by an older kid during a warm up before a game. He got rocked pretty hard. Ever since that’s he has become afraid of being hit in the face during his games and practices. He still plays hard, but every time he gets in a situation where a ball is going to leave the ground and come anywhere near his head he’ll reflexively turn his body away from the ball and take himself out of the play for a few seconds. I figured it would eventually pass and he’d get over it but he hasn’t. Anyone ever dealt with a similar situation?