UPDATED: The Five Worst Sports Injuries We've Ever Seen

Mark-Potts by Mark-Potts on Apr. 01, 2013

There are many injuries each year in the world of sports, but some injuries rise to what I like to call the "vomit-inducing" level. These injuries often involve body parts going ways they aren't made to go, bones exploding, and, of course, people vomiting.

5. Borje Salming

Salming played for the Toronto Maple Leaves in the 70's and 80's. In a game against the Detroit Red Wings, he took a fall and ended up with a face full of a Red Wings player's blade. 200 stitches later and he was like new!

It's just a flesh wound.

VOMIT LEVEL:

4. Shaun Livingston

It was 2007 when Livingston, in his fourth NBA season, blew up his knee. Upon landing awkwardly, he dislocated his left kneecap, tore his ACL, PCL, lateral meniscus, and sprained his MCL. So yeah... it pretty much exploded.

VOMIT LEVEL:

 

3. Oupa Ngubule

What was once considered the worst sports injury in history is now just one of the worst. Ngubule broke his leg in two places during a South African Futbol (SOCCER, duh. America!) League game.

VOMIT LEVEL:

 

2. Sid Vicious

Wrestling is fake, but gravity and injuries are very real. Sid Vicious, winner of many fake championships, is one of the most memorable wrestlers in history. But, in 2001, he experienced this almost career-ending injury, snapping his tibula and fibula. He returned to wrestling in 2004.

VOMIT LEVEL:

 

1. Kevin Ware

This is number one forever. I cannot imagine a worse injury. Ware's leg came out of his skin. That's not supposed to happen. Bones are made to stay inside a body. I like how reports are being released that he "broke his leg." NO FUCKING SHIT HE BROKE HIS LEG! DID YOU NOT SEE THE BONE?

VOMIT LEVEL:

 

BONUS!

Break member TheJapuma believes this is the worst injury ever in sports:

In 1989, Buffalo Sabre Clint Malarchuk severed his cartoid artery in his throat. 11 fans fainted, two had heart attacks, and three players vomited on the ice. Team medic Jim Pizzutelli saved Malarchuk by reaching into Malarchuk's neck and pinching off the artery until medics came and put 300 stitches into him.

Is this the worst? Honestly, I'm not sure. While this one does feature tons of blood, Ware's has just the right amount of bone-sticking-out-of-skin that I think it still wins.

Any you think we missed? Let us know in the comments and if we get enough, we'll gather them up for a great playlist that'll guarantee to make you throw up faster than you've ever thrown up before!

- Mark (follow on twitter)

 

42 comments
Michael-Taunton-544
Michael-Taunton-544

I think Malarchuck's is worse than Kevin Ware's. The only thing I can think of to be worse than that would be when rugby player Wayne Shelford had a torn scrotum and one was hanging out as he left to the sideline and fucking WENT BACK IN TO PLAY. Sorry for that mental picture guys, but I think that should be #1.

BreakClassics
BreakClassics User

Johnny Knox getting folding chaired - head to heels was pretty noteworthy

BreakClassics
BreakClassics

Johnny Knox getting folding chaired - head to heels was pretty noteworthy

sspeedracer
sspeedracer User

Probably just a one because video was crap back then ... Darryl Stingley

sspeedracer
sspeedracer

Probably just a one because video was crap back then ... Darryl Stingley

Shamwows
Shamwows User

Still remember watching the Malarchuk game on TV as a kid.....it was awful....they spent like 30 minutes alone trying to get the blood pool off the ice

Shamwows
Shamwows

Still remember watching the Malarchuk game on TV as a kid.....it was awful....they spent like 30 minutes alone trying to get the blood pool off the ice

DrummyDummy
DrummyDummy

Id say the bonus hockey is the worst injury. You don't really die from a broken leg, but a carotid artery you have seconds to do something before you bleed out and die. Good job medic was on his toes

PizzaDeliveryMan
PizzaDeliveryMan User

Can't watch #1 because you stole it from CBS. Nice one guys!!

PizzaDeliveryMan
PizzaDeliveryMan

Can't watch #1 because you stole it from CBS. Nice one guys!!

fromthenetherlands
fromthenetherlands User

hey break! dont show bare breast that will hurt our children.....

fromthenetherlands
fromthenetherlands

hey break! dont show bare breast that will hurt our children.....

Doc-Mooney-2
Doc-Mooney-2

And how 'bout the southpaws breaking their arms during a pitch?

Doc-Mooney-2
Doc-Mooney-2

Ok, yanks, I understand you might not be able to identify Bjorge Salming and the plural is Toronto Maple *Leafs*, but the clip is of Mikael Renberg who played for the Philadelphia Flyers on Lindros's line. Hints: title of the video, audio commentary identifying player, the NAME ON THE BACK OF HIS JERSEY. Sheesh.

The-Langolier
The-Langolier User

I stepped on a piece of Lego once, and survived.

The-Langolier
The-Langolier

I stepped on a piece of Lego once, and survived.

COHockey
COHockey User

Last week I stubbed my toe playing Wii and only cried for fifteen minutes.

COHockey
COHockey

Last week I stubbed my toe playing Wii and only cried for fifteen minutes.

Boomer904
Boomer904 User

What about Greg Jennings? The n*gga broke his F*cking leg!

Boomer904
Boomer904

What about Greg Jennings? The n*gga broke his F*cking leg!

TopGunTrophey
TopGunTrophey User

I didn't see any of the hockey guys crying.

kenisgod1
kenisgod1 User

What about Joe Theismann having his leg broken in half by Lawrence Taylor?

kenisgod1
kenisgod1

What about Joe Theismann having his leg broken in half by Lawrence Taylor?

Sander-Verhofstad-884
Sander-Verhofstad-884 User

I remember a guy who died after a the floor broke while playing a game of indoor soccer. The wooden tile split his body in half :(

Sander-Verhofstad-884
Sander-Verhofstad-884

I remember a guy who died after a the floor broke while playing a game of indoor soccer. The wooden tile split his body in half :(

TheJapuma
TheJapuma User

Missing Clint Malarchuk, had his carotid sliced open with a skate. Stuffed his glove in it and skated off the ice. Almost bled to death.

TheJapuma
TheJapuma

Missing Clint Malarchuk, had his carotid sliced open with a skate. Stuffed his glove in it and skated off the ice. Almost bled to death.

moe2344
moe2344

That's because playing hockey with a stitched up face just makes you more intimidating

Zoe_Saldana
Zoe_Saldana User

Yes he tried to stop the bleeding but really it was someone else who saved his life: "The Sabres head trainer at the time was a guy named Jim Pizzutelli. Before he became the trainer for the Sabres he was an army medic who served in Vietnam. So needless to say he had seen his fair share of shit. He is the reason Clint Malarchuk didn't die that night. He reached into the open wound in Malarchuk's neck and pinched off the severed carotid artery, stopping the bleeding. and he didn't let go u

blisteringlogic
blisteringlogic User

Oh, I saw that! It was almost unbelievable how much blood just started spraying all over the ice. Awful, just awful.

Zoe_Saldana
Zoe_Saldana

Yes he tried to stop the bleeding but really it was someone else who saved his life: "The Sabres head trainer at the time was a guy named Jim Pizzutelli. Before he became the trainer for the Sabres he was an army medic who served in Vietnam. So needless to say he had seen his fair share of shit. He is the reason Clint Malarchuk didn't die that night. He reached into the open wound in Malarchuk's neck and pinched off the severed carotid artery, stopping the bleeding. and he didn't let go u

blisteringlogic
blisteringlogic

Oh, I saw that! It was almost unbelievable how much blood just started spraying all over the ice. Awful, just awful.

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