There I was, on the couch, enjoying a nice cup of tea when I looked up and saw a man’s leg snap.
The footy’s back, everyone.
And it’s brutal.
It seems like almost every night of the week there’s a ‘clash’ on the tele, not just between teams, but between heads, body parts, and limbs that should normally not collide with each other.
And I know it’s a contact sport. Injuries are part of the game, I get that.
But these days, those injuries are all-up-in-HD-resolution-on-our-huge-TV-screens for us to watch, over and over and over again. Those collisions are replayed, multiple times, from multiple angles, slowed down so you can see the precise moment that a kneecap escapes across a leg, a shoulder slides out of its socket, or a leg bone is snapped.
And I can't watch it anymore.
I can't stomach any more slow motion replays of bones, muscles, sinew going to places they should not.
So a request, if I may, to the TV networks, to the nightly newscasts, and to the commentators that make a living from this sport. A plea from the weaker of stomached out there:
Can we kindly have a trigger warning?
Just a sliver of a second for you to say:
If you're watching this you might want to look away now as it is mega gross.
This is a body moving in a way it was not designed to do. Close your eyes if you're squeamish.
We're going to take a look at this in ultra slow motion. You should leave the room now, Monique.
Currently there are 142 players on the AFL injury list. It reads like something from a horrible mass accident: concussion, punctured lungs, ripped hamstrings, snapped ankles, fractured eye sockets.
It seems a long bow to draw but if there was a news story about someone stabbing another person in the street, would we see that, too, in slow motion, from multiple angles? Likely not.
Not everyone agrees of course.
As sports-mad Mia Freedman points out, duh. Sport is dangerous. And big injuries are part of the game, and a lot of people love seeing that raw side.
"It shows the side of sport that's not glamorous." she said. "It's not all victory laps with champagne spraying everywhere holding trophies. It's really rough. It's really hard."
It's true. I'm not saying we should stop broadcasting it, breaking it down into detail for those who love a bit of gore. But for the rest of us.... please ... fair warning. Or my eyes will require the ice pack.
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