Damage Control

Genre: Reality

Duration: 6 x 30’

Year of Production: 2010

Production Company: Beyond Productions

Commissioned By: Seven Network Australia

Definition: HD

Injury is every athlete’s dread – the instant hard-fought careers plunge from glory to gut-wrenching disaster. From the moment of damage, a small army of doctors, physios, surgeons, coaches and support teams swings into action. Damage Control follows the extraordinary real-life drama of trauma, surgery, rehab and, for the lucky ones, return to glory. Australia is famous for its love of sport and this constant pressure for athletes to perform takes its toll. Bodies are pushed to the limit with no thought of self-preservation. Every damaged athlete has a personal story – the shock of injury, the brutality of surgery, the burden of rehab and the emotional return to doing what they live for: playing elite competitive sport. Damage Control features top-line athletes in Australian Rules football, Rugby League, surfing, SuperX motorcycles and soccer. Privileged behind-the-scenes access to the real life drama of professional sport takes you where few others have ventured: intimate moments when careers are on the line, anguish when an athlete’s highly tuned body becomes their own enemy and delight when months of hard work are rewarded with the glory of winning again.