Letter: Painful reality

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The Independent Culture
Sir: Injuries sustained while playing virtual sports may be new ("Virtual footballers are stretchered off", 15 November), but injuries from playing matches in the mind are not.

A friend of mine, Ian Davis, came into school one morning in the 1970s with stitches in his head. He had leapt through the air like his idol Derek Hales of Charlton, but the ball was not where he imagined to it to be. Ian cut his head and missed the school rugby match on the following Saturday.


Crayford, Kent