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Getting back to football after having a total hip replacement (twice)
  1. Martin Sinclair
  1. Correspondence to Mr Martin Sinclair, Saints Foundation, Southampton Football Club, Southampton SO14 5FP, UK; msinclair{at}

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When I was a young boy watching my Dad play football, I remember wanting to be just like him. I was delighted when I joined my first team but for one reason or another I got kicked out of the team. This might have been because of my disability—I have cerebral palsy so I’m not sure if it was because of that. I moved onto another team and never looked back from there as football is my life!

I am most proud of being able to play in the Paralympics at London 2012 for the Great Britain Cerebral Palsy football team, as well as playing in several major international tournaments for the England Cerebral Palsy team. It was a great experience for me to travel around the world doing what I love. Walking out in front of 80 000 people at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics is something that I will never forget. I always got goose bumps when the national anthems were sung!

I never thought that any of this would be possible when I first dislocated my hip at the age of 15. I was going down a slide at the local park, and felt my hip ‘pop’. I went straight to the hospital, but they said it was a pulled muscle so I was walking around on my painful hip for 2 weeks. Eventually I needed a wheelchair to move around as I wasn’t able to walk on my leg.

Luckily enough I already had an appointment scheduled with a surgeon about my hand …

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