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Top 15 Athlete Celebrations Gone Wrong

Athletes face a number of risks when they take the field of play, and most of these risks occur during actual gameplay. When they take on these risks and succeed in crucial moments, athletes typically like to express their joy through acts of celebration. As time goes on, players continue to evolve their methods of celebration, often in an acrobatic manner. On certain occasions, circumstances have conspired to create moments of great joy immediately followed by injury.

Some of these injuries have had career and life threatening consequences. In addition to personal pain and suffering, they must often endure ridicule because of the manner of their injury. These athletes must then return to health and once again compete for their spot in the team. For those lucky enough to recover to full health, it is a long and difficult road to travel.

With the evolution of touchdown dances and goal celebrations, players are integrating more acrobatic feats into their celebrations. Once upon a time, Robbie Keane’s cartwheels were considered flamboyant, but now, they are decidedly conservative. Players attempting to celebrate with their teammates can be injured during their enthusiasm. Achieving greatness in sport is already difficult enough, celebrating responsibly, yet in style, can help prevent teammate and self-inflicted injuries.

15 Jeff Baker – Baseball

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14 Chris Coghlan – Baseball

via nydailynews.com

13 Nneka Ogwumike – Basketball

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12 Joe Ansbro – Rugby

via stuff.co.nz

11 Alex Montgomery – Football

via kentucky.com

10 Thomas Levet – Golf

via pga.com

9 Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Soccer

via cultfootball.com

8 Alex Poythress – Basketball

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7 Bill Gramatica – Football

via thehaternation.blogspot.com

6 Stephen Tulloch – Football

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5 Paulo Diogo – Soccer

via sportskeeda.com

4 Maurides Roque Junior – Soccer

via m.tribunnews.com

3 Kendry Morales – Baseball

via blogs.seattletimes.com

2 Gus Frerotte – Football

via blog.redskins.com

1 Peter Biaksangzuala – Soccer

via sports.nationalpost.com

This week saw a great tragedy in world soccer. Peter Biaksangzuala attempted to recreate Miroslav Klose’s flip celebration following a goal he scored for Bethlehem Vengthlang FC. Biaksangzuala landed on his head, which caused severe damage to his spinal cord. This injury eventually led to his death a few days later because of the significant trauma. He was only 23-years-old and was celebrating a rare goal from his defensive midfield position. His club will retire his #21 jersey number to honor his memory.

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