When we watch our favorite games we cheer our teams but what we do not know is that the players are giving their all and in doing so they are prone to various risks. One thing that every sports person knows is that as they play they are prone to sports related injuries. Some of the injuries are simple while others cost them their career.
How frequently do sports injuries occur?
In the U.S., about 30 million children and teens participate in some form of organized sports, and more than 3.5 million injuries each year, which cause some loss of time of participation, are experienced by the participants. Almost one-third of all injuries incurred in childhood are sports-related injuries. By far, the most common injuries are sprains and strains.
Obviously, some sports are more dangerous than others. For example, contact sports such as football can be expected to result in a higher number of injuries than a noncontact sport such as swimming. However, all types of sports have a potential for injury, whether from the trauma of contact with other players or from overuse or misuse of a body part.
Football of what Americans refer to as soccer has some of the gruesome injuries in sports. The most common one is twisted knees. The excruciating look on the injured players face tells you that they are experiencing tremendous pain in every nerve in their body.
1)David Busst – Manchester United v Coventry City, April 8, 1996
The match had to be delayed for 15 minutes while the blood was cleaned off the pitch at Old Trafford, while Schmeichel had to undergo counselling for a number of weeks following the incident.
Recovery: Busst never played professionally again. Having faced the very real prospect of having his injured leg amputated, it’s likely he felt grateful for being at least able to walk.
2)Petr Cech – Reading v Chelsea, October 14, 2006
Proving that it’s not just outfield players who are at risk when playing the beautiful game, Chelsea goalkeeper Cech nearly lost his life following a controversial challenge from Reading’s Stephen Hunt.
Cech was left severely concussed after being kneed in the head by the Irish midfielder and collapsed in the dressing room after being carried from the playing area.
Most people like arguing that there are sports which are more dangerous than others. Truth is that even the most beautiful sport is dangerous. Have you ever tried to dance on ice with only a pair of thin blades on your feet? How about being dropped on ice head first? There are those who even got their cheeks slit.
1.Tatiana Totmianina & Maxim Marinin – 2004 – Skate America. Tatiana and Maxim are skating royalty, winning the Gold Medal in Turin in 2006. But they had a bumpy road to get there. On 23 October 2004, during the free skate at the 2004 Skate America in Pittsburgh, Marinin lost his balance while attempting an Axel lasso lift, dropping Totmianina head first onto the ice. She sustained a concussion and spent the night in hospital. The accident actually impacted Maxim more severely, who had to see a sport psychologist in order to lift Tatiana again.
2.Jessica Dubé and Bryce Davison – 2007 – Four Continents Championship. Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison were the darlings of Canadian figure skating for some time. But on February 8, 2007 things turned very sour. During a side-by-side camel spin, Dubé was struck in the face by the blade of Davison’s skate. She immmediately fell to the ground, blood pouring onto the ice. She was taken to hospital and received 83 stitches to repair the cut on her face.