OVIEDO BLOW IS REMINDER OF SPORT’S DOWNSIDE
A MATE of mine told me a quite incredible story of ‘mishap’ this week. He’d been to watch the greyhound racing at Wimbledon.
After one of the races, the hare catcher went across to drop the ‘hatch’ on top of the hare to keep it from the dogs at the end of the race. But unfortunately, the hare failed to stop at its checkpoint. Instead, it crashed into the catcher and broke his leg.
Last weekend, in our FA Cup game against Everton, Brian Oviedo suffered a broken leg in challenging our player for the ball in a complete accident.
Sport brings with it life-changing moments for people that come as a massive shock, as bolts out of the blue. With no preparation, people are left with major issues to face.
I know from personal experience how tough it is to face; I broke my leg in two places and dislocated my ankle while running with the ball and having my legs cut away from me.
Thankfully, most football clubs have strong support structures for dealing with both the physical and mental sides of the rehabilitation process.
It is important to deal with the whole equation. I heard Dr Phil Hopley of LPP Consulting, talk about a failure to address the mental side and the possible deficits that occur physiologically from a retention of fear in the mental side of the recovery. It makes sense to me that those without a strong enough mindset could indeed suffer, having been through the process myself. You have to dig very deep.
My thoughts go out to Brian and to the hare catcher. We should all take time to remember the sporting injured. They are all a part of the sport we get so much enjoyment from.
But they can too easily be forgotten when they probably need us all the more.