A PROFESSIONAL footballer from Tamworth who is a keen cyclist says he is lucky to be alive after a horrific crash.
As a defender, Tamworth footballer Tom Marshall – who missed the games against Kidderminster Southport this week after the incident – is expected to use his head on the pitch to clear the ball.
But this week he told the Herald that it was only his cycling helmet that saved him from a potentially lethal injury.
The Lambs star said: "I was coming into training from Heath Hayes on my bike when I literally went head over heels after a car swerved into me.
"I was flown right over my handle bars after hitting one of those electrical grey boxes on the side of the road.
"I was left with bumps and scraps and a bad hip and a badly bruised arm, but it could have been a lot worse if I wasn't wearing my helmet at the time.
"I kind of landed head first on the kerb – if I had done that without my helmet on, who knows what could have happened?
"That is why you have to wear a helmet. You never know when you might need it."
Even with his helmet coming to his rescue, Tom said his quick reactions also ensured that a more serious injury was avoided.
He said: "I literally swerved at the last minute, if the car had hit me direct on I would have been in trouble.
"As it was I saw it coming, swerved out the way and hit the box and went over. It was a bad fall but nothing to what it would have been if I had hit a car like that.
"I'm into my cycling and know I was going fast, but even so I still managed to avoid the car when it reversed out of no-where."
Tom added that he fully expected to pick up injuries like this on the pitch, but was not so used to missing out on games due to off-field activities.
He said: "You do kind of expect to get impact injuries as a footballer, but you only expect them on the pitch.
"To get an injury like I have got due to something that happened on the way into training is really unusual.
"As it is, at the moment I have to rest like the doctor said and hopefully get back playing as soon as possible."