A day in the life of ... Thiago Martins

I'm on the road to recovery once again, but don't feel sorry for me. Sometimes when a player suffers a serious knee injury, he feels sad and ashamed. I am not this kind of player. I am working hard in my recovery, because I want to compete at the highest level of soccer and to score many goals for D.C. United.

I wake up early every morning, I take my bicycle to RFK Stadium. It is forty-five minutes from my home in Arlington to RFK Stadium. When I arrive, the first thing I do is to work with my doctors on my knee. I do strengthening exercises to allow for full recuperation. I would like to personally thank our trainer, Brian Goodstein, and his intern Lisa. They are marvelous. I also want to thank Dr. Annunziata, who comes to the stadium every Wednesday to work on my injured knee.

When I watch D.C. United games on television, I feel sick, but I totally trust my teammates. They always encourage me and I, too, give them energy and help them win matches.

In my free time, I am going to pottery and ceramic classes, because I love to make things with mud. I have made many things. But, I also have to mention my other hobby, reading. Currently, I am reading a "Lance Amstrong Biography." This book is helping to teach me to fight against adversities, and I know it will help me to recover as soon possible.

If I work hard every day and think positively, I am sure, that I will find success soon.

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