Some people will also go the extra mile to stay in the game....
Footballer to have finger cut off to aid game
A South Australian footballer is taking the unusual step of having one of his fingers amputated to improve his playing prospects.
Brett Backwell, who plays for Glenelg in the SANFL, has suffered from constant pain and restricted movement since breaking his left ring finger three years ago.
The 24-year-old consulted specialists who told him they could fuse the bones in his finger together, but Backwell said that would not have allowed him to play on.
Backwell admitted amputating a finger was a drastic solution but said it was his only option if he wanted to keep playing.
"I don't recommend it to anyone out there to go and chop a finger off to play footy but that's where I see myself for the next five to six years, playing at the elite level," he said.
"It's not something that's been done lightly and to chop a finger off, it's a bit drastic.
"But I love my footy and love playing sport and if that's going to help me to succeed at this level then it's something you've just got to do."
The thing is that he isn't the first player to take this step to prolong his career.