What's your worst sports related injury?

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kittenkat    pirate
27/04/2014 at 16:49

All sports, not just running.

I think I've got off lightly over the years considering how many sports I've been involved in, but here's some of them:

  • Ripped ankle ligaments (fall from the beam in gymnastics when I was a kid)
  • Broken bone in hand catching a cricket ball (I bowled it and the kid hit it with the sweet spot of the bat right back at me. I caught it but most painful catch ever)
  • Broken ankle (tripped over the dog running back from the pub, so there is some discussion with that one as to whether it was a sports or beer injury)
27/04/2014 at 16:54

Groin strain.

Unlike many other injuries nothing seemed to help and it has taken 18 months to get back to running pain free. For something that seems like such a trivial injury it nearly drove me to give up on running.

27/04/2014 at 17:06

Fractured wrist from falling at roller-skating club after swerving to avoid collision with idiot smaller kid.

27/04/2014 at 17:14
3 broken ribs and a broken nose all in the same instant
27/04/2014 at 17:17

Rolled ankles with the predictable effects on ligaments from football a few times.

Put my back out from badly executed squats and another time landing badly when heading a football.

went for a 50/50 and ended up kicking a football at the same time as the other feller, resulting in a bizarre bruised/swollen big toe.

I love football but I don't regret giving it up. 

 

Edited: 27/04/2014 at 17:18
27/04/2014 at 17:18

Broken leg from playing football.

 

27/04/2014 at 17:20

KK, you're a bloody hero catching that cricket ball.

 

Pudge    pirate
27/04/2014 at 17:21

ITBS - quite sore but eventually got it cracked.

Sounds like I've been quite lucky throughout my sporting life, compared to the rest of you.

27/04/2014 at 17:37

Broken neck from falling off a horse!  (it sounds worse that it was, but still spent 6 weeks in a full head brace)

kittenkat    pirate
27/04/2014 at 17:57
RicF wrote (see)

KK, you're a bloody hero catching that cricket ball.

 

Hardcore me! Actually because I'm old and ugly enough to be able to do this, I will tell you the real story.

It was when I was in my 20's in my first teaching job. We had to double up on classes as a teacher was absent, so I had 60 year 7s in the sports hall. We were playing 'quick cricket' which actually is really good fun. It was a wind ball and not an actual cricket ball (Google it). But because of the close proximity of bowler to fairly large and powerful 12 year old boy with cricket bat who hit lucky, yeah it really hurt. I thought I was going to pass out. However I just calmly stopped the game, handed over to the only other adult in the sports hall at the time and left.

Clean break, but it was a good catch.

27/04/2014 at 18:01

KK, and a display of professionalism.

Btw, did you go into the corridor and throw up?

Reminds me being told about a game of squash where one of the players got hit in the eye. He recovered well enough, until he got hit again, in the same eye.

kittenkat    pirate
27/04/2014 at 18:06
Rachelcgen wrote (see)

Broken neck from falling off a horse!  (it sounds worse that it was, but still spent 6 weeks in a full head brace)

Ok, you win. I've ridden horses since I was about 12, and had a few nasty falls but personally I think that horse riding is one of the most dangerous sports out there because you have a huge mass of living animal that can be completely unpredictable.

I follow this column, which says it all really:

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/profile/Melanie-Reid

I work full time now so can't ride, but before I went full time I used to exercise horses for a family that needed a rider. The deal was that I could rock up anytime and take the horses out. That would have been Utopia for me as a teen and young adult, but as someone with kids and 20 years older I lost my confidence with the horses. In my head I know I still have the physical ability to ride well, but as soon as any emotionsl doubt creeps in with a difficult horse. I'm pants. Do you still ride?

Edited: 27/04/2014 at 18:07
27/04/2014 at 18:09

KK - no, partly because of the accident, partly because I've been moving around a lot and never round to finding a new place!

kittenkat    pirate
27/04/2014 at 18:17
RicF wrote (see)

KK, and a display of professionalism.

Btw, did you go into the corridor and throw up?

Reminds me being told about a game of squash where one of the players got hit in the eye. He recovered well enough, until he got hit again, in the same eye.

No, no throwing up. I went to the deputy head and just said that I needed to go to A&E. She said fine and then I decided that I wasn't going to any Cornish cottage hospital so drove myself 20 miles back home to Plymouth and went to A&E. It was 20 years ago, can you imagine anyone now letting you drive with a broken hand?

I was also back in work the next day. Don't ask me if I was insured to drive like that as I really can't remember. That wouldn't have crossed my mind as long as I could drive safely.

Eyes I can't do, I would have thrown up after that.

kittenkat    pirate
27/04/2014 at 18:18
Rachelcgen wrote (see)

KK - no, partly because of the accident, partly because I've been moving around a lot and never round to finding a new place!

But has it affected your confidence in your ability to ride?

27/04/2014 at 18:20

KK - not really, I've been riding quite a few times since, just have no muscles left!

kittenkat    pirate
27/04/2014 at 18:37
Rachelcgen wrote (see)

KK - not really, I've been riding quite a few times since, just have no muscles left!

You'll build them up again. I sort of miss riding, but also don't. I only got scared of various sports after a certain age, before that I'd just get on with it.

 

27/04/2014 at 18:38

Last time I played football (20+ years ago) - rolled on my ankle and luckily the ligament was strong, but it tore a chunk off the bone. Got it xrayed and they said it was fine - I thought it was strange that I couldn't put any weight on it without it collapsing, but trusted them. Got a call from the hospital a few days later tell me not to put any weight on it and come in as soon as possible (the specialist had been going through the xrays of the week and spotted the rather large chunk of bone hanging off my foot. I guess they had been looking for fractures.

Knocked myself out doing mountain bike jumps - snapped a bar on landing and rode straight into a tree. Head and nuts hurt like hell later once I woke up (I was on my own, so I have no idea how long I was out and had concussion).

Bit through my upper lip after falling off my road bike and using my face as a brake. Hospital just superglued it back together.

Only running related thing was achilles tendinopathy in one foot after ramping up the fast intervals too quickly - took a few months to recover from that. Stronger than ever now though - still do the exercises daily as a preventative measure.

Sounds like I've got off a lot lighter than some

Edited: 27/04/2014 at 18:40
27/04/2014 at 19:21
Out running alongside my daughter on her bike which she had just learned to ride but was still a bit wobbly. She wobbled I tried to stop her tripped over the pedal and fell flat on my face on the pavement resulting in losing bottom half of one of my front teeth - it really hurt banging my face of the pavement. Good news was though my daughter stayed upright!
27/04/2014 at 19:33

Twisted ankle. Took days to heal. Ouch

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