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Famous Sports Injuries

Physical activity invariably comes with the risk of injury. This could be as simple as twisting your ankle through to spraining a muscle or hurting yourself more seriously. Even professional athletes are not immune to suffering from sports injuries, some of which can have devastating consequences. Here, we’ve put together a selection of some of the most famous sporting injuries.


David Busst, Ex-Coventry player

On August 20th, 1994 David Busst’s professional footballing career was halted abruptly when he suffered a complex leg fracture caused by his opponent blocking a tackle. Ironically, it wasn’t the injury itself that ended his career, but complications during his recovery. Busst underwent 22 operations and following surgery, he contracted a serious infection which affected the muscles and tendons in his leg, ultimately resulting in the end of his stint in the Premier League.


David Haye- British Boxer

In front of a packed arena at the O2 in London, David Haye shocked the crowd by being beaten in the 11th round by World Boxing Council (WBC) cruiserweight champion Tony Bellow. However, even more surprising is the fact that in the 6th round, Haye suffered a torn Achilles heel -the tissue that connects your calf muscle to your heel bone- yet continued the fight for five more rounds.


Lionel Messi- Barcelona Football team Captain

Lionel Messi suffered a broken forearm whilst playing for FC Barcelona. His injury was inflicted after he tried to reclaim the ball from Sevilla FC. He fell and attempted to cushion the impact using his hand. This resulted in a 3-week break away from the sport, but he was soon to return. Messi is no stranger to sports injuries as this was actually his 21st injury during his footballing career.


Terry Butcher- Ex-England Captain

Terry Butcher suffered a head injury during the 1989 World Cup qualifier. He clashed heads with an opponent on the Swedish team, resulting in 9 stitches. The photograph of his bloodied head circulated around the world and he is still reminded of it to this day.


Tiger Woods- American professional golfer

Tiger Woods is a world champion golfer, however, throughout his career he has faced multiple injuries. During a tournament, Tiger injured his knee, resulting in a tear in his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and damaged cartilage. The ACL is one of four ligaments that help to stabilise the knee joint and is vitally important in sports such as golf. He also suffered from a stress fracture in his tibia during the 2008 USGA Open.


Jay Williams – Professional Basketball player

Jason ‘Jay’ Wiliams is an American former basketball player who played professionally for the Chicago Bulls in the NBA. During his career, Jay severed the main nerve in his leg, fractured his pelvis, and tore three ligaments in his left knee. Despite the severity of his injuries, it was actually a motorcycle crash which ultimately led to the promising star retiring from professional sports.


Whilst all sports do come with a risk of injury, there are steps you can take to help reduce the chances. Take a quick look at our blog post which guides you through some warm up and cool down exercises and share your top tips with us on our Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.