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2021-06-03 7:49:03 PM  
I had 3
- tackled a guy poorly playing rugby, we twisted and ended up landing with me flat on my back and him on top, his shoulder right in my sternum. I had a weird bulge of cartilage for a couple of years.
- broke a wrist playing basketball
- broke the other wrist following my indestructible cousin skiing.  We were going along and suddenly he was in the air off a jump, and I don't do jumps but couldn't avoid...yard sale all down the hill.
 
2021-06-03 7:51:11 PM  
Spiral fracture of my leg...field hockey. Planted my feet and did a slap shot. Scored against our best goalie during practice.
 
2021-06-03 8:00:09 PM  
I sprained a thumb channel flipping between golf and racing once.  It was bad.
 
2021-06-03 8:04:05 PM  
I was about 8 and from about 15 feet took a baseball to the eye. It was hit by a 200 pound grown man using an aluminum bat. And it was one of those old tight leather baseballs, not the ones us kids played with that were kinda padded/soft on the outside and "deadened".

What did my family do? Such caring people as they were... Put me on the couch and yelled at me for crying. Once I became conscious of course.

Oh. By that age we had probably the best insurance plan in America. It would have cost us at most $100 for me to visit the ER. It at least would have been nice for them to notice the slight nerve damage it caused which actually has affected my eyesight as an adult (turns out it's a problem outside of my"eye" and it wasn't necessarily something I noticed or an optometrist could detect until I got oldee).

But it's cool. It's not like the guy who hit me went on to become a millionaire or anything (oh actually he did) via pure luck. Sure it was an accident but he made sure to remind me he did that every time I saw him for the rest of his life, even as my sight started to get a bit wonky. He stayed classy San Diego.
 
2021-06-03 8:05:01 PM  
If they'd teach kid how to tie their shoes instead of using Velcro, this wouldn't happen.

I mean velcro has its place on shoes but you really need to save something for old age.
 
2021-06-03 8:07:13 PM  

theteacher: Spiral fracture of my leg...


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How that must have felt...
 
2021-06-03 8:08:05 PM  

optikeye: If they'd teach kid how to tie their shoes instead of using Velcro, this wouldn't happen.

I mean velcro has its place on shoes but you really need to save something for old age.


Old people deserve better.

Old people deserve rare earth magnets.
 
2021-06-03 8:08:45 PM  
Broke a rib waterskiing, at dumb speeds until the rope broke, and I skipped like a stone approximately seventeen times.

Broke a rib diving to catch a football on frozen dirt.

Then of course the three stitch scar on the face from the nerf football incident.
 
2021-06-03 8:12:00 PM  
Fractured C2,3 and 4 in my neck playing high school football. Left D and and I got hit by both pulling guards in a sweep.
after a couple weeks in traction and 2 surgeries I was ok.

First game back on the field I tore my MCL, ACL and meniscus ligament when I sacked the qb. Game winning play.
3 scopes and 3 open surgeries. 20 years ago and I need a new replacement
 
2021-06-03 8:15:23 PM  

freddyV: Fractured C2,3 and 4 in my neck playing high school football. Left D and and I got hit by both pulling guards in a sweep.
after a couple weeks in traction and 2 surgeries I was ok.

First game back on the field I tore my MCL, ACL and meniscus ligament when I sacked the qb. Game winning play.
3 scopes and 3 open surgeries. 20 years ago and I need a new replacement


No offense but just thinking of somebody who comes back from an injury that could have paralysed them only to be immobilized immediately:
Family guy Joe and kevin
Youtube Eh5S3AG2mkY
 
2021-06-03 8:16:40 PM  
I got a charley horse. Never been in so much pain.
 
2021-06-03 8:17:16 PM  
Broke my arm playing basketball. I was on a break and some a-hole was trying to catch me and tripped us both. I landed ... badly.

Another game, I did something to my pointer finger. Well, someone else did. I went for a rebound, and someone on the other team swiped at the ball, missed, hit my hand instead. So I taped my pointer to my middle finger and kept playing. That pointer finger isn't straight anymore, and bends to the right. LOL

During a football game, me and this dude hit each other at full speed. My mouth guard went flying. I had braces, and my left cheek basically got mushed into them. I had to rip the inside of my cheek out of my braces.

Ahhhh ... good times.
 
2021-06-03 8:17:50 PM  

puffy999: freddyV: Fractured C2,3 and 4 in my neck playing high school football. Left D and and I got hit by both pulling guards in a sweep.
after a couple weeks in traction and 2 surgeries I was ok.

First game back on the field I tore my MCL, ACL and meniscus ligament when I sacked the qb. Game winning play.
3 scopes and 3 open surgeries. 20 years ago and I need a new replacement

No offense but just thinking of somebody who comes back from an injury that could have paralysed them only to be immobilized immediately:
[YouTube video: Family guy Joe and kevin]


My dad was my coach. Had to be done.
 
2021-06-03 8:23:02 PM  
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2021-06-03 8:30:06 PM  
Adult rec baseball, got hit on the chin to the tune of 6 stitches. And I didn't even snitch.

League bowling, I fell and twisted my knee, tearing the meniscus.
 
2021-06-03 8:37:47 PM  
Serves the kid right for hating America.
 
2021-06-03 8:45:52 PM  
Two for myself.

First, at about 9, I caught a line drive on my right cheek during a neighborhood baseball game, hit by an older teen male. Luckily, I just got a blacken eye and huge bruise.

Second, at 14, while playing against Clearwater for Dunedin during PAL youth football, I got a clip block by an opponent kid for no good reason. I was in a lot of pain after that cheap shot. I remember the kid who took me out for the quarter growling at me and seemed to enjoy his cowardly block. For just the pain, I wished I had taken off my helmet and beaten the shiat out of the asshat with it.
 
2021-06-03 8:47:02 PM  
In 7th grade gym class we were jumping on a trampoline. When it was my turn, one of my friends thought it would be funny to jump onto it to make me go higher. I flew really freaking high, panicked, and landed with my knee under my chin---which made me bite almost halfway through my tongue. I spat out mouthfuls of blood but the doctor said I wouldn't need stitches.

I spent the next few weeks eating bland foods, chewing on one side of my mouth, and swishing hydrogen peroxide. It sucked but it could have been a lot worse.
 
2021-06-03 8:50:00 PM  
Gymnastics.  I was doing a drop and didn't do it right, and broke my shoulder riiiiight up to the growth plate.  Didn't crack it, but that arm is shorter.

The doctor said it was lucky I twisted just enough to not break my neck.  Around the same time, my mom had a work colleague have his daughter do the same thing and she did.

Mom pulled me out of gymnastics pretty fast (like I could do much for months with a broken arm lol)
 
2021-06-03 8:56:10 PM  

MissFeasance: Gymnastics.  I was doing a drop and didn't do it right, and broke my shoulder riiiiight up to the growth plate.  Didn't crack it, but that arm is shorter.

The doctor said it was lucky I twisted just enough to not break my neck.  Around the same time, my mom had a work colleague have his daughter do the same thing and she did.

Mom pulled me out of gymnastics pretty fast (like I could do much for months with a broken arm lol)


Plus if one arm is shorter if you do enough front handsprings you wind up going in a circle.
 
2021-06-03 9:00:51 PM  
Same, but with a softball.
 
2021-06-03 9:04:20 PM  
Speedboarding. Took a turn too fast wiped out, dislocated shoulder and chipped the bone. Countless scars all over from it too.

Not a sport per se, but in a mosh pit I blew out my knee, swollen and bruised for about 6 weeks. Had xrays on it thought it was broken. This was 2016 and it still is farked up. Lesson is........mosh carefully.
 
2021-06-03 9:12:53 PM  
I started early...I was 4 years old, and my family and I were on vacation (don't remember where).

My brother, who was 9, liked jumping off the low diving board at the hotel pool. At the time, I wanted to be just like him, so I would go out to the end of the board, water wings and all, and then run back to safety after chickening out. This was the late 70s, so you could still get away with stuff like that.

It was probably fun in a little kid sort of way...right up until the last time. I somehow didn't realize I'd stepped off the end of the board before turning around, clocked myself under the chin, and sank to the bottom of the 10-foot-deep pool.

My brother, who was in the pool at the time, was the first to react, and he dove down to the bottom, grabbed me, and literally threw me to my dad (a doctor) at the side of the pool. No doubt in my mind that my brother saved my life, and it's probably what led him to become an EMT and paramedic years later.

I don't remember any of this, of course. The next thing I do remember is being with my dad on the floor of the shower of the hotel changing room, crying and screaming as I was surrounded by a pool of blood. I cracked most, if not all, of my baby teeth, which meant that for several years afterward, I couldn't wait to lose a tooth so a not-as-sharp adult tooth could take its place. Smile looks fine now, but I was definitely self-conscious about it (among a great many other things) for a long time.

Oh, and it was also my first concussion of 7 or 8 so far, and I never played hockey or football. Just talented, I guess.
 
2021-06-03 9:18:03 PM  
I had a soccer goal collapse on my head in high school.

I took a baseball to the back of the head.

Caught a golf ball just under an eye.

/ And I can still think
// Sorta
 
2021-06-03 9:20:54 PM  
Ruptured Achilles tendon.
 
2021-06-03 9:23:05 PM  
Knocked chunks out of my front two teeth (both diagonally, like a notch) playing touch football in the street - I tripped and hit my mouth straight onto the curb.  It was a Saturday, so had to call the dentist and he made little molds to recreate the teeth.  One of them lasted something like 40 years, through having braces in my mouth in high school, before it crumbled out.  The other tooth is still holding.
 
2021-06-03 9:24:30 PM  
Well, I see the GOP's school lunch program is off to a blistering start.
 
2021-06-03 9:25:17 PM  

optikeye: If they'd teach kid how to tie their shoes instead of using Velcro, this wouldn't happen.

I mean velcro has its place on shoes but you really need to save something for old age.


I always took an inordinate pride in being able to show that I could tie my shoes.
 
2021-06-03 9:26:47 PM  
Farmed Pyro Pete and had a trigger finger for years. Still hurts sometimes.

Got off a ride at cedar point and smashed my tailbone. Hurts every day for 3 years running.

Hiked 40 miles one day. Plantar fasciitis for 2 years.
 
2021-06-03 9:28:01 PM  
The two real worst are a tie.  First run of the day in spring at Waterville Valley I blew out my MCL at the top of True Grit.  I had to gather my stuff and do the rest of a pretty challenging mogul run on my one good leg with my other ski over my shoulder.

Another time I caught a tip in a snow fence, which took care of the other MCL.

Maybe the runner up is when I was 5 years old, at a roller rink with an adult family friend.  The skating rink had people doing the Hokey Pokey, He put his left foot in, lost his balance and drilled me straight in the mouth with his right skate.  Out cold, many, many stitches and it really never healed right.
 
2021-06-03 9:29:53 PM  
Horsing around at 13 with my two younger brothers in the men's locker room on family swim nite at the YMCA and we ended up knocking down a 6' fluorescent tube onto me. Missed all the essential parts on the way down and landed on top of my bare foot. 8 stitches & 6 weeks on crutches.
 
2021-06-03 9:31:15 PM  
2nd grade lunch recess: soccer ball to the chest knocked the wind out of me and I avoided all sports after that.

40 years later: it dawns on me that the kid that did it knew full well what he was doing and it was completely intentional.
 
2021-06-03 9:36:03 PM  

puffy999: I was about 8 and from about 15 feet took a baseball to the eye. It was hit by a 200 pound grown man using an aluminum bat. And it was one of those old tight leather baseballs, not the ones us kids played with that were kinda padded/soft on the outside and "deadened".

What did my family do? Such caring people as they were... Put me on the couch and yelled at me for crying. Once I became conscious of course.

Oh. By that age we had probably the best insurance plan in America. It would have cost us at most $100 for me to visit the ER. It at least would have been nice for them to notice the slight nerve damage it caused which actually has affected my eyesight as an adult (turns out it's a problem outside of my"eye" and it wasn't necessarily something I noticed or an optometrist could detect until I got oldee).

But it's cool. It's not like the guy who hit me went on to become a millionaire or anything (oh actually he did) via pure luck. Sure it was an accident but he made sure to remind me he did that every time I saw him for the rest of his life, even as my sight started to get a bit wonky. He stayed classy San Diego.


Are we related?  I broke and dislocated a bone in my foot playing tennis and my mom made me walk on it for a week.   It was pretty obviously injured.  Swollen up like an orange and turned purple.   My mother told me she wasn't going to the emergency room on saturday night.  ended up having three surgeries to fix it and it's still painful every day.
 
2021-06-03 9:39:10 PM  

SpockYouOut: puffy999: I was about 8 and from about 15 feet took a baseball to the eye. It was hit by a 200 pound grown man using an aluminum bat. And it was one of those old tight leather baseballs, not the ones us kids played with that were kinda padded/soft on the outside and "deadened".

What did my family do? Such caring people as they were... Put me on the couch and yelled at me for crying. Once I became conscious of course.

Oh. By that age we had probably the best insurance plan in America. It would have cost us at most $100 for me to visit the ER. It at least would have been nice for them to notice the slight nerve damage it caused which actually has affected my eyesight as an adult (turns out it's a problem outside of my"eye" and it wasn't necessarily something I noticed or an optometrist could detect until I got oldee).

But it's cool. It's not like the guy who hit me went on to become a millionaire or anything (oh actually he did) via pure luck. Sure it was an accident but he made sure to remind me he did that every time I saw him for the rest of his life, even as my sight started to get a bit wonky. He stayed classy San Diego.

Are we related?  I broke and dislocated a bone in my foot playing tennis and my mom made me walk on it for a week.   It was pretty obviously injured.  Swollen up like an orange and turned purple.   My mother told me she wasn't going to the emergency room on saturday night.  ended up having three surgeries to fix it and it's still painful every day.


Hmm well see my dad was the culprit. He almost let my half brother die a decade earlier after his appendix burst... so did the rest of his family except one person.
 
2021-06-03 9:50:01 PM  
Sophomore year of high school - stealing third base, feet-first slide; I put my right hand down behind me, and somehow my thumb caught in the dirt.  The pain was immediate - I looked at my hand, and could actually see the swelling take place.  I showed my coach, who proceeded to tell me, "go see the trainer after you score".  Luckily it was only a pitch or two before that happened.  The trainer then immediately sent me to the hospital, where they confirmed that I tore the ligaments in my thumb - out for 9 weeks, and basically missed the whole spring season.  That first at bat in the summer season was a little bit of a leap of faith...I knew that it was healed by then, but trusting that it wasn't going to hurt too much.  When I hit the ball, it hurt a little - but considering it was a base hit, the pain faded quickly.
 
2021-06-03 9:50:31 PM  
My forearm took the brunt of a point-blank high speed dodgeball aimed at my face. Result was a double hairline fracture and an overnight visit to the hospital.
 
2021-06-03 9:50:42 PM  
Karate sparring, in the days before you wore any any type of protective gear.  Unfortunately in one case, including a cup.

Kicked square in the nuts.  That shiat HURTS.

Kicked square in the face with a roundhouse by a guy about a foot taller than I.  Cut up lips, didn't lose any teeth. ER; no stitches.  No check for concussion which I probably had.
 
2021-06-03 10:00:07 PM  
Does a tooth scrape by Becky Madison in the back of the bus on the way to a wrestling meet count as a sports-related injury?
 
2021-06-03 10:28:35 PM  
I got stabbed playing Monopoly.
 
2021-06-03 10:40:27 PM  
Aluminum baseball bat to the face - left cheek just below my eye - when I was 10.  Accidentally by my 17 year old aunt.
 
2021-06-03 10:49:31 PM  
Lower back spasms got so bad it seized up, laid me up in bed for a week after a track meet. On the day of prom. I was supposed to go with the girl across the street. She sat on the bed with me and cried for an hour.

I was a  bit skinny for her; she loved muscles and was always saying how much she loved guys with muscles.  I only had one big muscle she liked. Later, she was Miss Missouri something or other in bodybuilding in the 90s and later ran a gym with her hubby. Sold that and moved to Florida and is a big Trumper.

Credit the back with a save.
 
2021-06-03 10:53:39 PM  
Basketball in middle school.  One guy held me down while two other kids took turns jumping on me till my collarbome snapped. Worse: right before school let out for the summer.
 
2021-06-03 10:54:00 PM  
When I coached little league soccer [pause for laughter] one of my players took a free kick in the neighborhood of the family jewels. The kid was not a natural athlete, and he faced a player who was a full head taller than anyone else in the game. I was reluctant to simply assign someone to play goalie so I asked for volunteers. He was the only one. So, I advised him against trying to make a play on the ball and to just stand there with his arms extended at face level and palms up. Memory says he wore glasses, but I may be embellishing. The ball, as expected, came in like a cannon shot and hit him full in the thighs. Where it stuck for second. Then it fell free and hit the ground without bouncing. He had a bright red circle right there. Top of his exposed legs. He'd stopped the free kick.

As I was finishing that story up, I remembered my own soccer injury. We played soccer during lunch around 2 days in the 7th grade. This was a Catholic school so there was a church involved and an awning type structure that went lengthwise around halfway down the side of the church. We used the metal pillars of this awning for a goal, and I was the awkward goalie. When I dove left on a shot, I took one of those metal pillars right on the ear. My ears at the time resembled those of Alfred E. Newman, and the bang on the ear actually pushed it flatter. So, I don't normally think of anything which improved my visual appearance as an injury. But I never tried the same trick on my right ear.
 
2021-06-03 10:59:50 PM  

yakmans_dad: When I coached little league soccer [pause for laughter] one of my players took a free kick in the neighborhood of the family jewels. The kid was not a natural athlete, and he faced a player who was a full head taller than anyone else in the game. I was reluctant to simply assign someone to play goalie so I asked for volunteers. He was the only one. So, I advised him against trying to make a play on the ball and to just stand there with his arms extended at face level and palms up. Memory says he wore glasses, but I may be embellishing. The ball, as expected, came in like a cannon shot and hit him full in the thighs. Where it stuck for second. Then it fell free and hit the ground without bouncing. He had a bright red circle right there. Top of his exposed legs. He'd stopped the free kick.



That SOUNDS just like something that happened to me but I didn't wear short shorts.
 
2021-06-03 11:02:23 PM  
Most spectacular, though no real injury:  Karate as an eight-year-old.  Adult sparring partner decided to show off by doing a spinning hook kick over my head.  I saw it coming and jumped back... and up, right into his foot.  Combined momentum sent me flying about ten feet.  Good demonstration of the difference between impact and impulse - I was shaken but totally fine.

Most fatal to my athletic ambitions:  High school soccer practice.  There's a high pass in front of the goal. It's too far away for a header, but I think I can reach it with my feet, so I launch myself up, get my body horizontal, and swing my feet out toward the ball (a bit like Pele's trademark kick, but turned horizontally).  Unfortunately somebody else had a similar idea (maybe it was a defender or even the goalie) and we hadn't seen each other.  We collided in mid-air, which left me totally disoriented.  I knew I was falling but I'd lost track of which way my body was spinning - in other words I didn't know where the ground was, so I couldn't attempt any kind of controlled landing.  At the last millisecond I see the ground rushing toward my face and I instinctively stick my hand out towards it.  My thumb gets jammed back into the little bones of my hand and these in turn force my radius and ulna apart for a moment.  No broken bones, but I'm done with soccer for the season.

Stupidest: Next year's first day of soccer practice after a very long hiatus.  First activity: stretching.  I figure I'll start with a double hurdler's stretch, which I've done a million times before.  And I'm lazy, so I'll just lift my legs up and drop flat onto my back from a standing position.   Turns out this is NOT a good idea when you haven't stretched at all in several months.  Walked on crutches for weeks afterward, and to this day my thigh muscles won't stretch anywhere near what they used to.  I can't even kneel on my ankles for more than a second or two.
 
2021-06-03 11:04:03 PM  

Mentat: Same, but with a softball.


yeah, taking infield practice from the fungo and I was digging, not gonna let it under my glove, it hit a sharp stone and boom, baseball to the grill.  Broken front tooth.  My father had to call the dentist to come open the office and do a quick painkiller and sealer until we could have an appointment for the repair.
 
2021-06-03 11:07:31 PM  

Mentat: Same, but with a softball.


Ditto. CYO camp. 9 years old. I'd never played so naturally they put me at 3rd base.
 
2021-06-03 11:08:41 PM  
Just want to say you guys make athletics sound like farking Verdun.
 
2021-06-03 11:13:51 PM  
Oh, remembered a truly stupid injury - not mine, but  a good friend.  Early in the soccer season.  We've invited to a weekend tournament in Maine.  We spend the night in a gym - just sleep on the floor in our sleeping bags.  Of course in a group of over thirty high-school boys (varsity, JV, and freshman teams), there's no chance of everybody quietly going to sleep after the lights are out.  A couple of the varsity players sneak over to the big bag of soccer balls and start hurling balls into the mass of JV players.  The JV players retaliate, and it's soon a free-for-all, carried out in the dark, in total silence and mostly from a prone position, so as not to wake the coaches and to have plausible deniability if the lights suddenly come on.    Deniability which was soon ruined by a blood-curdling scream from my friend.  He'd thrown a soccer ball too hard, at an unfortunate angle, and torn a tendon in his shoulder - needed surgery.
 
2021-06-03 11:23:36 PM  
Line drive to the face back in junior high, I was playing shortstop.  Knocked me flat on my back.  Had the glove about three inches low.....

If motorcycles count, popped a gear going up a hill.  Hit my rim of my helmet and dented the gas tank then highsided breaking my arm....
 
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