While obviously paramedics, firefighters, police and combat arms soldiers are renowned for their bravery, athletes aren't just throwing balls, swinging bats and taking haphazard swipes at chunks of rubber. Athletes are risking their health and well-being every second they are playing their sport. No matter what sport an athlete is competing in, injury is never far away.
It essentially follows Isaac Newton's 18th rule of physics: "when speed and power get together, destruction and pain will be close by." Look it up, then look up gullible in the dictionary. But hopefully the point has been received: athletes push themselves and everyone around them to their bodies' absolute limits. When this happens, eventually something doesn't go the way it is supposed to, and oftentimes, an injury is the result.
With that said, welcome, you sadistic sports fan, to more of the most gruesome sports injuries of all time. We have listed similar injuries together, for the sake of variety. If this bothers you, we can gladly produce an article with the sporting world's most cringe-worthy leg breaks.
If you believe any have been overlooked, hit the comments section as hard as you can. Evander Holyfield gets an honorable mention. Having "Iron Mike" take a bite of anyone's ear is funny more than gruesome.
We thought that 20 sports injuries wasn't enough, so we decided to make a second list on sports injuries! Enjoy the list, keep a bucket close by. If it seems like I'm trying to make light of some of these injuries...I am. If you want to check out the first list we made, you can do that here.
20 The Hominick Hematoma
19 Kaz Ishii - Line Drive to the Face
18 More than One Pro Weightlifter: Dislocated Elbow
17 Mitch Callahan: Puck to the Mouth
16 Carlos Beltran Collides With Mike Cameron
While this ended up on some sports blooper reels from 2005, this was still a nasty one. While diving for a fly ball, outfielders Carlos Beltran and Mike Cameron collided face to face. These types of fielder on fielder collisions happen all the time, but because of the shocking injuries sustained, these two men make the list. Both had broken bones in their faces, but Mike Cameron suffered the worst with multiple broken bones in his face, a season ending concussion and disruption to his sense of sight.
15 Tim Silvia, Renzo Gracie and Antonio Nogueira: Submission Related Broken Arm
14 Kris Commons: "Dead Leg"
13 Trent McCleary: Collapsed Lung, Crushed Larynx
12 Darryl Boyce: Who Put That Hole There?!
11 Rashad Johnson: Dude Where's My Fingertip?
10 Many Athletes (A Lot of Running Backs): Torn Knee Ligaments
It doesn't take a science degree to know that there are a lot of working parts in a knee. MCL, PCL, ACL, patellar tendon...the list goes on. In most contact sports, and sports with high joint impact; particularly football, basketball, occasionally track and field among others, an athlete's ligaments or tendons in the knee will be torn due to a blow or trauma. Dustin Keller suffered a massive knee injury against the Texans in 2013. He was hit in the knee, and tore his ACL, PCL and MCL. On top of that, he also dislocated his knee. He still hasn't got back to where he was beforehand.
9 Greg Louganis: Diving Board Concussion
8 Salim Sdiri: Javelin
7 Donald Audette, Jessica Dube, Taylor Hall, Craig Peacock (Just to name a few): Skate to the Face
While throwing a baseball too many times can leave an elbow or shoulder utterly destroyed, or a football tackle can leave a leg or knee mangled, a hockey injury can really mutilate a face for life. Figure skaters aside, hockey players with visors and cages on helmets may have less visibility, but they also don't risk a sharp blade carving into them every time they hit the ice. Hall and Audette all found out the wrong way. Jessica Dube took a skate to her pretty face back in 2007. Borje Salming was already referenced on our first list. If you're looking for Richard Zednik's horrible injury, you can find that here.
6 Rudy Tomjanovich: Skull Fracture
5 Dave Dravecky: Broken Arm
4 Mick Foley: The Tyson Experience
3 Jacob Olesen and Matt Nichols: Dislocated Ankle
Mostly disgusting, but by no means life threatening, one can spot a dislocated ankle by the foot pointing the opposite direction that it is supposed to. Danish soccer player Jacob Olesen suffered such an injury back in 2006. While this injury looks like absolute hell, it actually has a pretty forgiving recovery time. It took just six months before Olesen was back on the pitch.
2 Giancarlo Stanton: A Baseball Hit Him But It Looks More Like Zorro Slashed His Face
Stanton took a fastball to the face about a week ago and suffered multiple lacerations, broken bones and dental damage. More like dental destruction. Stanton has released pictures of his face and after the accident it actually look like somebody had tried to give half of his face a Joker smile and succeeded multiple times. His injuries are healing well but the incident was disgusting.
1 Kevin Everett - Broken Back/Neck: Barely Seen But Terrifying
He suffered a career ending injury that involved serious neck injuries. Neck injuries can lead to paralysis or death and while he has been walking since the incident in 2007, which is incredibly lucky. Football player Kevin Everett suffered his injury in week 1 of the 2007 NFL season when he tackled Broncos' return man Domenik Hixon. He was walking again by December of that year.
Steve Moore had a similar injury, which was referenced in the first article, which you can see here.
While there may not have been massive pools of blood around these two athletes following their injuries, seeing an athlete with a potentially life threatening injury on the field or ice, is a truly unwelcome and gruesome sight.
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