Sport's darker side
An elective with a sports doctor in the United States changed Simon Matthew Graham's view of American football
Around the world, boys and girls dream about becoming professional athletes, earning a living doing something that they love and having the opportunity to achieve fame and fortune. But most will have to find other ways to make a living and few will ever grow up to earn a living as a professional sportsman or woman.
I was one of those boys who dreamed of playing in front of a sellout crowd at Anfield stadium, but at 24, more than half way through my medical training, Liverpool Football Club still hadn't phoned. I was heading to the east coast of the United States to spend three months working with a sports orthopaedic surgeon who was a team doctor for a famous National Basketball Association team. As anyone who loves sport can imagine I was excited about the opportunity to work with and meet some famous professional athletes.
During my elective