Sports and fitness are to some people just as integral a part of their lives as breathing is. And such people are even at an advantage over others as they reap all the benefits of physical activity such as an optimum blood pressure level, a bunch of healthy cardiac muscles, an uplift in their positive affectivity due to the release of endorphin, along with many others. Sprains, minor fractures, damage to the skin and ligaments are way too common among the practicing and frolicking sportspersons and can affect their careers quite adversely, and even result into huge monetary losses for them.
Here is a look at the top ten dumbest sports injuries of all times:
1. Chris Hanson axed his own leg
Hanson had to miss a whole month of his game when he hit himself with an axe in a state of overwhelmed love for his coach Jack Del Rio’s ideals. In an attempt to follow the idiotic symbolism of the Jaguars’ coach who kept a tree stump and an axe in the locker room to encourage the team members of his thought to “keep chopping the wood,” Hanson got awarded with a severely injured leg.
2. Gus Frerotte’s expression of happiness
In celebration of his TD run versus the Giants back in 1997, Gus Frerotte ran towards a stadium wall and spiked the ball into it stopping just a few feet away. And after a few seconds, he again ran towards and into the concrete wall of the stadium that too with no particular reason! This self-inflicted injury costed him a sprained neck and of course, a very painful head.
3. Adam Eaton’s apprehension
When Eaton couldn’t wait to open his new DVD, a double bill of Backdraft and Happy Gilmore, he tried to quickly rip open the pack. And in a battle of the Padres pitcher vs. shrink wrap, shrink wrap won the show. While trying to cut open the packaging, Eaton stabbed himself in the stomach with a knife and was hurriedly taken to a hospital where he had to stay for days before being able to get back to his much craved for DVD.
4. Allen Watson’s beer bottle
He missed a fatal wound by just a quarter of an inch while trying to open a bottle of beer. Due to come off the DL in July 1998, Angels starter Allen Watson decided to celebrate with a cold one. Instead, the bottle shattered while he was opening it, gashing his wrist, causing a deep cut and subsequently sending him to the ER.
5. Plaxico Burress’ wrong placing sense
In November 2008, Plaxico shot himself in the leg while trying to carry a pistol in a New York City bar. He had, by no good thoughts, hidden his gun inside his sweatpants and in an unsuccessful attempt to catch in from falling down to the ground and being caught by the security, got himself shot in the leg. He ended up with an injury in his leg and two years behind the bars.
6. Charles Barkley got body lotion into his eyes
The Phoenix Suns’ opener rubbed body lotion in his eyes during at an Eric Clapton concert. He got his corneas burnt and was advised by an ophthalmologist to wear eye patches for the following 12 hours. It was inadvertently all because he had all of his concentration towards the ongoing concert.
7. Richie Sexson got his neck strained
In an unsuccessful and not so wise attempt to slug into a hat not fit for his size, Richie got his neck sprained. Apparently, he was trying to put on a 6 5/8 hat, when his actual hat size was 7 5/8. This all was in congruence to his feeling of camaraderie on team photo day in the spring of 2003, that the 6’6″ Mariners slugger tried to squeeze his noggin and thus got his neck hurt.
8. Colin Smart drank aftershave
Though he did not mean to, Colin got a taste, well practically, of an aftershave in 1982. When an English rugby teammate tricked him into thinking he drank a bottle of white wine, which apparently was so, he challenged Smart to do the same. He did and collapsed, but was rushed immediately to the hospital in time to have his stomach pumped and was saved thereafter.
9. Brian Griese must be flinched of dogs now
Griese tripped over his own dog and subsequently, sprained his ankle. This was following the incident whereafter he fell on his teammate Terrell Davis’ driveway and was knocked unconscious in a spill rumored to be due to intake of booze.
10. Zumaya’s liking for Guitar Hero
Caused due to fake guitar playing, Zumaya had developed a pain in his arm. According to him, the pain was inflicted because of throwing but when examined it was found that the damage was more likely of a guitar player than that of a pitcher. This injury costed the Tigers pitcher to miss several games of ALCs and NLCs along with a lot of pain of course.