It is unfortunate, but sports and injuries go hand in hand. Performing a high level of exercise each day will put great strain on the body, plus the physical nature of some sports also means that injuries are inevitable at some point. Sometimes these injuries are minor and will enable an athlete to return to the action soon, but sometimes they can keep them out for weeks, months or even years, and of course there are then those tragic stories of career ending injuries which seem to throw everything into perspective.
You will also find that certain injuries are more common in certain sports. In soccer, players often struggle with hamstring injuries. In basketball you will get a lot of twisted ankles and ACL tears. Baseball is rife with ligament injuries and muscle sprains and of course there is a heavy focus on American football injuries and the long term health risks of playing, but there is also a risk of a number of knee injuries and ankle sprains. Sometimes the injuries that athletes sustain are far from typical, and will leave the team doctor scratching his head. This could be an injury sustained whilst on the field of play, but often it will be an injury that the athlete has picked up elsewhere and not be their proudest moment.
Some of these injuries are not what you would expect at all playing a particular sport, making them interesting and unique cases. Sometimes these are minor injuries which the player can look back and laugh on, but unfortunately there have also been plenty of not so funny injuries to occur in sport.
Here are the 15 weirdest injuries in sports history
15 Dan Boyle
14 Alex Stepney
13 Sammy Sosa
12 Brian Anderson
When ironing, there are a few different ways you can test to see if the iron is hot. You can put your hand near the iron to see if the heat is radiating, you can put a few drops of water on the iron, put the iron on the board and see if it is hot, quickly touch it with your finger amongst a few other methods. Brian Anderson has his own unique way of testing if it is hot, and to be fair to him at least it works. The former pitcher decided that using his face would be the best gauge, and as you can imagine he was left with a fried cheek and a bruised ego.
11 David Seaman
There are few things more infuriating than sitting on the sofa after a long day of work (or goalkeeping), only to find that the remote control is out of reach. The former England and Arsenal goalkeeper made a living of stretching to reach shots on target, but it was a pesky remote control that proved to be a little too far out of reach for Seaman. He somehow required surgery after severely damaging a muscle reaching for the remote, keeping him out of action for a lengthy spell.
10 Joel Zumaya
9 Bret Barberie
8 Lionel Simmons
7 Kevin Mitchell
6 Greg Harris
5 Steve Sparks
4 Marty Cordova
3 Bill Gramatica
2 Paulo Diogo
1 Gus Frerotte
Even when wearing a helmet, smashing your head into a concrete wall is never a good idea and it will be the wall that comes out on top every time. This did not stop former quarterback Gus Frerotte however, who bizarrely celebrated a touchdown by slamming his head into the stadium wall. The head butt resulted in a sprained neck, and Frerotte had to leave the game to go the hospital for X-Rays and a CAT scan. Frerotte was able to return to action the following week, but he has never managed to live this moment of madness down, and it is certainly one of the weirdest injuries sustained on the field of play.
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