Top 10 Horrific Sports Injuries

Top 10 Horrific Sports Injuries


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push their bodies a little too far… Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks
for the “Top 10 Horrific Sports Injuries.” For this list, we’re looking at the most horrific and
cringe-worthy injuries suffered by athletes. However, we’re not including injuries
resulting in death, nor are we including those injuries
suffered as the result of malicious intent. As we already have those covered in our
Top 10 Unsportsmanlike Moments in Pro Sports” video. Some of these injuries are extremely graphic so, viewer discretion is advised. Hockey players are some of the most
fearless athletes out there. On January 29th, 2000, Montreal Canadiens forward Trent McCleary proved it, by dropping to the ice to block a slap shot
from Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Therrien. The puck hit McCleary in his throat
from only a few feet away however, fracturing his larynx
and causing a collapsed lung. McClearly was minutes away from dying on the ice, but the medical staff at the Montreal arena
was able to partially open his airway. And… he was rushed to hospital for an
emergency tracheotomy so time sensitive, McCleary was still in his skates
during the procedure. But the operation saved his life. Anderson “The Spider” Silva, currently
holds the Ultimate Fighting Championship streak, for longest title defense with 16
consecutive wins. This streak ended with a defeat at the hands
of Chris Weidman however, in July of 2013. A rematch between the two fighters
was held on December 28th, 2013, but this fight when even worse for Silva. In the second round, Weidman checked one of Silva’s leg kicks, which resulted in a horrific
break for the Brazilian fighter. Silvia’s foot literally wrapped around Weidman’s leg. Silva would rally however, and defeat Nick
Diaz in UFC 183 in his return. Although that win was tainted by charges of drug use. The lack of physical contact makes
baseball one of the “safer sports,” but the injury suffered by Montreal Expos
outfielder Moisés Alou was truly horrific. Playing at St. Louis Busch
Stadium on September 16th, 1993, Alou shot a ball into left field, and subsequently took a
wide turn while rounding a base. As he attempted to
stop and retreat to the bag (base), his ankle snapped, and looked as though
it had been turned 90° degrees, even an umpire seeing
exactly what we saw couldn’t look. Alou had to be carried off the field, and missed the rest of the 1993 season. Wrestling is supposed to
be scripted and choreographed, but we have a hard time believing this injury
to Sid Vicious was planned. On January 14th, 2001, facing pressure from World Championship Wrestling
management to expand his repertoire of moves. Vicious attempted an aerial maneuver on
Scott Steiner, called “The Big Boot,” from the second turnbuckle. He landed awkwardly on his left leg however, snapping both his tibia and fibula. With the bones breaking through the skin, Vicious needed two hours of surgery
and a 17 inch rod in his leg, and required a cane to walk for a while afterwards. Amazingly, he eventually stepped back
into the ring, returning to the WWE in 2012. It’s one thing when a professional
athlete suffers a horrible injury, but it’s truly tragic when it happens, at the college level to young athletes
who are not even earning any money. On March 31st 2013, Louisville Cardinals guard Kevin Ware, suffered one of the most gruesome injuries
you will ever see in an Elite Eight game, against the Duke Blue Devils. Ware attempted to block a three-point shot, but when he landed, he snapped his tibia, which resulted in the bone
protruding out of his shin. The players on the bench and fans in the
first few rows were visibly shaken, after seeing the extent of the injury, as was the entire internet when the clip went viral. Some people have the worst luck, and while Djibril Cissé is a football star… We still say, he has some bad luck, as he broke both of his legs in the
span of less than two years. The first incident came on October 30th, 2004, while he was playing for Liverpool. When Cissé boot got caught in the turf, snapping the tibia and fibula in his left leg. An injury that
was supposedly so serious… the athlete easily could have lost his
leg below the knee. Then, while playing for France in a
warm-up game against China on June 7th, 2006, Cissé’s right boot got caught in the
turf once again, resulting in another nasty broken leg. Amazingly, Cissé
recovered from both injuries, and scored more than 50 goals
over two seasons from 2009 to 2011. Returning to college sports once again, Willis McGahee was one of the most important players
on the 2002 Miami Hurricanes team, that finished the season ranked No.1 in the polls. In the 2003 Fiesta Bowl National Championship
game against Ohio State, the Hurricanes found themselves down 17
to 14 in the fourth quarter. McGahee caught a screen pass, but was immediately hit low
by Ohio safety Will Allen. McGahee’s knee bent backwards, resulting in ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), PCL (posterior cruciate ligament), and MCL (medial collateral ligament) tears. To end this entry on a positive note, after a long
rehabilitation process… McGahee he eventually made the NFL
and had a successful career. Washington Redskins QB (quaterback)
Joe Theismann had successful NFL career, that saw him win one Super Bowl. However, he may be best remembered for suffering through
what was labeled by the Washington Post, as “The Hit That No
One Who Saw It Can Ever Forget.” And the resulting injury that ended his career, on November 18th, 1985. Dropping back to pass in a Monday night
football game against the rival New York Giants, Theismann was hit by Lawrence Taylor, with Gary Reasons and Harry Carson also piling on. Taylor’s knee hit
Theismann with such force, that it snapped his tibia and fibula. You know it’s bad, when the opposing
players are desperately calling for medical assistance, and it was bad, Theismann was forced to retire at the age of 36. Considering how sharp hockey players
keep their skates, it’s remarkable we don’t see more serious lacerations. Florida Panthers forward
Richards Zednik suffered a horrific injury in 2008, when his throat was
accidentally cut by a teammate skate, but nothing compares to Clint Malarchuk. The goaltender for the Buffalo Sabres, Malarchuk and his team were facing the
St. Louis Blues on March 22nd, 1989. When the goalies carotid artery was
severed by a skate blade in a collision in the crease. Though Malarchuk
had already requested a priest, his life was miraculously saved by the
team’s athletic trainer, a Vietnam vet and a former Army medic, who pinched off
the blood vessel until doctors arrived. In total, Malarchuk lost 1.5 liters of blood, and required 300 stitches. Before we unveil our number one pick, here are some honorable mentions. It’s been said, that rugby is a hooligan
sport played by gentlemen, and rugby players arguably put their bodies on the
line more than any other athlete. Unfortunately, for rugby league
player Alex McKinnon… this resulted in a life-changing injury. Playing for the Newcastle Knights in 2014, McKinnon was involved in a dangerous play, when he was tackled by Melbourne
Storm forward Jordan McClain, and his
head was driven hard into the ground. The collision fractured two of
McKinnon’s vertebrae, paralyzing him on the spot, in one of the scariest scenes
ever in a sporting event. Remarkably, McKinnon was able to stand up
after just 10 months of rehab, and, still believes he will one day be able to walk again. Do you agree with our list? Which sports
injury do you think with the worst? For more exciting “Top 10’s” published everyday, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com.

100 Replies to “Top 10 Horrific Sports Injuries”

  1. how about the time when that soccer player got his ring caught on a fence and tore his finger right off the bone?

  2. Me and my friends played ice hockey I stopped because the first lesson in my new canton/city I guy stepped on my leg and broke it LOL I’m fine now tho

  3. Welcome to the salty splattoon how tough are ya
    I’ll have you know I watched this vid and only freaked out twice

  4. One of my friends was playing basketball. He was about to catch the ball, but it pushed his fingers so hard the joint connecting the hand and fingers snapped.

  5. Here i was thinking this list is soooo American lol

    Then BAM! One of our Aussie boys at number one!

    You should really show some more of the injuries our AFL and NRL boys get while playing… one famous example is the bloke who broke his jaw early in the game…
    AND PLAYED THE REST OF THE GAME BEFORE LETTING ANYONE ELSE KNOW.

  6. What's with the tibia/fibula, I gets they're not that thick, but why is it always those two?

  7. Lol my friend fell into a chiney that was around 45 feet big onto his side/legs and he broke some backbones and his legs and ankles and everyone every single person said hes gonna be paralysed from the waist down then after a month the kid was runing around lol he didnt even have a scar left or anything

  8. How about Miguel's injury in Cobra Kai or aka getting kicked and then fell down flights of stairs and broke his spine and neck

  9. How the hell was Clint Malarchuk not number 1 on the most horrific injuries? The man had his throat slashed open.

  10. I don't think breaking a vertebra is worse than getting your jugular cut seeing all the blood zeep out and knowing that you are just seconds from dying!!!

  11. Broken bones make me cringe but there was just something about seeing the blood spew out the necks of those hockey players that had me shook 🤭

  12. One time I had hurt my knee I was In pain for weeks it was football I came down really hard on my knee I did not know. I had to finish the day with a bad knee and I have always remember that day

  13. A pitcher tried to throw curveballs and failed he hit seven of my team mates including me I got hit in the shoulder and it hurt because the pitcher throws hard like 98 mph and one of my teams mates were hit on the key hard and he got a hit but as he ran he tripped over 1st base and hurt his leg three times

  14. You missed a very horrific injury. It is when New England Patriots wide receiver Darryl Stingley was tackled by Oakland Raiders Linebacker Jack Tatum. Darryl suffered a broken neck and became a quadriplegic. This is the worst injury ever to occur in a NFL game.

    San Francisco Giants pitcher Dave Dravecky had his left (throwing arm) snap while throwing a pitch. His arm literally shattered right there. This game was on TV so you should be able to find footage of this. Dave had his arm amputated because of this. He had bone cancer. This is the cause of his arm injury.

  15. The title could easily be "Top 10 horrific sports injuries IN USA". I mean… where is Luis Garrido's total knee dislocation? Or Ewald Lienen's and Domenico Giampà's open wounds? Or Francesco Totti's broken ankle?

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