I'm not a teenager anymore (I'm 35), but I've had to deal with BAV since I was born. My favorite sport is football, and I was never allowed to play, and have to limit my weightlifting, etc. I still found ways to compete, in other sports. Luckily, I was able to play other sports and swam and played water polo in high school and in college. It's a pain to deal with it mentally, as it's always there, in my mind, but it is what it is. I haven't had surgery yet, but I do get checked once a year. This is a great community and really helps put your mind at ease. I also got into other things, like music (I found that girls dig musicians even more than athletes). There are a ton of other things you can do. If you ever have any questions, you can reach me by email at email@example.com. BTW, I'm in St. Louis too.