May 09 2013


Published by bambam

Hi there,
I’m a 41 year old Dad of 2 from Sunderland in the UK. That’s north east England for those of you not from round these parts!
Married to Nicola for coming up 10 years she has been my rock for the last 12 weeks.
I’ve loved sport all of my life, especially competitive sports, which I believe drives you on the achieve things you never thought possible.
My old man encouraged me to play all sorts of sports and supported me in whatever I wanted to do.
I’ve spent my life being a bit of a ‘jack of all sports master of none!’ although I have played cricket to a decent standard and toured Australia in my twenties.
If I were to do a history of sports and try and name them in the order I started playing them it’d look something like this
Football (soccer is a ridiculous name!) - centre forward / centre half
Cricket - opening bat and bowler (I know, smart arse!)
Rugby (Like american football without shoulder pads!) - outside centre and emergency flanker (every other week!)
Squash (to blame for my ATR)

Throughout m sporting life I’ve probably had a few of the ‘normal’ injuries we all have - groin strains, hamstring twinges, sprained ankles, knees, muscle strains (I used to put my back out at least once a year playing cricket) but this ATR is by far the most serious injury I’ve ever had. I’ve even broke my leg, wrist and collar bones before and have been back playing the sport that caused it within a few weeks.

The thing is that I’ve learned so much (leadership, teamwork, loyalty, commitment, desire) and made so many friends through sport I couldn’t bear the thought of it not being in my life.

That is why I’ve started writing here on this wonderful site Dennis has created. To share my experiences with others, offer encouragement if I can and also to revel in others’ positive rehab stories that we all do get better and can still go on playing sports / being active again very soon. (sorry got a bit deep there, but you get the message!).

Yours in recovery and get well soon,

4 Responses to “About”

  1. kellygirlon 15 May 2013 at 3:59 am

    Nice introduction. You are quite the Jack of all sports. I’m not even sure what a few of them are–cricket and squash, namely. Right up there with pickleball in my mind. (What the heck is that?) I played rugby for several years myself (but don’t recollect much.) Never got to play flanker and never wanted to be in the tight five, that’s for sure. #9–that was me :D

    It’s great to “meet” you and I look forward to reading about the progression of your recovery. Best of luck!

  2. normofthenorthon 15 May 2013 at 5:36 am

    Nice intro, BamBam! Squash is one of the “best” ways to get an ATR. (Badminton’s just as good, but doesn’t get any respect, esp. in No. America. And basketball and volleyball. . .)

    Lots of fast stops and starts and fake-outs, with drop-shots disguised as lobs and vice versa. And we all try to get loud squeaky shoes with the best traction, so we can transmit as much force as possible from our legs to the floor — and vice versa, hence the ATRs.

  3. micah1on 15 May 2013 at 10:04 am

    Hi Bambam, Your intro paints a great portrait of you!
    We do visit Newcastle now and again, I have a daughter at uni there and my son’s basketball team try to beat the pants off Newcastle Eagles U15s, missing by a hairs breath every year, so very aware of the North east.
    You seem to have tried every sport going except pickle ball, which as I am in the same club as yourself, I have actually had time to google it!
    Looking forward to reading your blogs as I am addicted to this site, and ebay and amazon and facebook and trip advisor and…..
    best wishes

  4. bambamon 15 May 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Hi everyone,
    A big thanks for all of your very kind comments.
    Kellygirl regarding my rugby days I so wanted to be the hooker (cos I wanted to throw in at line outs) but as I’m 6 foot 2 (approx 1.87m) that was never going to happen! Obviously as a kid when I started playing I wasn’t 6,2 but I was always taller than most. Also my ears are quite large enough so the thought of being a prop forward wasn’t very appealing either!!
    Norm I did laugh at your comment that badminton doesn’t get much respect in the U.S, probably as much respect as pickleball gets in the UK!!
    Micah nice to hear you are aware of us up here in the north east.
    It’s not really grim up north! I’d like to think that most people you’d ever meet from the north east are very friendly and have a really good sense of humour. Then again we have to because our football teams are rubbish. Chuckled at your comment about all of your essential web sites. Thank heavens for the internet and laptops!
    Hope you beat those eagles soon too.

    Oh and many thanks to any Arsenal fans out there, saved our bacon last night!!

    Finally remember everyone it takes a lot more effort and uses way more muscles to frown than it does to smile.

    Happy recoveries.

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