JESI, ITALY - MAY 17: Hailu Biniam Girmay of Eritrea and Team Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux the stage winner after having an accident with the Astoria champagne stopper on the podium ceremony after the 105th Giro d'Italia 2022, Stage 10 a 196km stage from Pescara to Jesi 95m / #Giro / #WorldTour / on May 17, 2022 in Jesi, Italy. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Sporting Oddities – Weird Ways Sports Stars Have Picked Up Injuries

Injuries are, unfortunately, part and parcel of the life of a professional athlete and almost everyone who has played any sport professionally, will have dealt with the consequences of an injury from time to time.

Fortunately, the vast majority of injuries are relatively minor, some are more serious and a small percentage can require a lengthy spell on the sidelines. A rare few can be career ending.

Almost all of these injuries occur either when the sports person in question is performing, or training, but a very small fraction of a percent occur miles away from their sporting arena of choice.

Welcome to the strange world of unusual sports injuries – where some top sporting stars have picked up injuries in very unusual, almost freakish circumstances.

So if you are ready for the international goalkeeper debilitated by a bottle of salad cream or a cyclist forced to retire from a top-ranking tour due to a prosecco cork, then this is the article for you.

Freak Sports Injuries

  • Cyclist Forced To Withdraw Due To Prosecco Cork

Earlier this week, Eritrean cyclist Biniam Girmay stunned many onlookers when he won

JESI, ITALY – MAY 17: Hailu Biniam Girmay of Eritrea and Team Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux celebrates winning during the 105th Giro d’Italia 2022, Stage 10 a 196km stage from Pescara to Jesi 95m / #Giro / #WorldTour / on May 17, 2022 in Jesi, Italy. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

a stage of the Giro d’Italia cycling race.

The Italian version of the famous Tour de France, is one of the most gruelling races on tour and Girmay had just become the first Black African rider to ever win a Grand Tour stage.

So plenty to celebrate in that massive achievement, but unfortunately as he was crowned the stage winner and popped open a bottle of Prosecco, the cork shot out of the bottle and hit the unfortunate Girmay in the eye.

A medical examination revealed Girmay suffered a haemorrhage of the anterior chamber of his left eye, which requires the sufferer to rest.

So just after setting a brand new benchmark for Black African cyclists, poor Girmay was forced to withdraw from the Giro d’Italia the next day (May 18).

  • Goalkeeper Out Injured For Weeks After Breaking Hand On A TV Remote

David Seaman was a stalwart goalkeeper of the England national team and Arsenal for many years, and he was usually as reliable in terms of his fitness as he was between the sticks.

However, one season for Arsenal, Seaman missed a few months of game time when he suffered a broken hand, reaching for a TV remote.

What is strange about this is, how exactly do you break a hand reaching for a TV remote? And then, why did Seaman come clean with the truth, when it would have been less embarrassing to lie?

  • Baseball Star Misses Two Weeks Due To A Nightmare

Glenallen Hill won the World Series in 2000 but early in his baseball career, he was

10 Mar 1998: Outfielder Glenallen Hill of the Seattle Mariners in action during a spring training game against the Anaheim Angels at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona. The Angels won the game, 9-8. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Carlick /Allsport

forced to miss two weeks of action, because of a nightmare.

Had he pulled a muscle flailing in his sleep? No, much worse. Hill, who is arachnophobic, was having a dream about being attacked by the eight-legged beasts and started to sleepwalk.

Hill not only fell downstairs while sleepwalking, but also knocked over a glass coffee table, which smashed and which he then walked over in his bare feet, cutting his feet and hands in the process.

His team mates showed great sympathy, nicknaming him “Spiderman” after the incident.

  • UFC Star’s Drill Mishap Leads To Painful Injury

UFC stars risk injury more than most sportspeople, but not in the way Bryce Mitchell managed back in 2018.

The fighter was going to go training, but instead decided to do some DIY first. He placed a drill in his pants and was holding a board inspecting it when, somehow, the drill went off.

What followed is the stuff of nightmare for people of a male persuasion as the drill tangled up the parts of a man that he doesn’t ever want tangled up and in untangling the drill, Mitchell realised that his scrotum had been torn in half.

He was stitched up at the hospital and somehow made light of it in a now famous Twitter post.

They are a different breed these UFC athletes!

  • Bottle of Salad Cream Sidelines An England Goalkeeper

Dave Beasant may not be the most famous England goalkeeper in history but he may

1985: Portrait of Wimbledon goalkeeper Dave Beasant during a photo-call held at Richardson Evans in London, England. Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK /Allsport

be the most infamous given that he received one of the oddest injuries in soccer history.

Beasant, then playing for Wimbledon and on the fringes of the England squad, was injured at home when he dropped a bottle of salad cream on his foot.

The bottle smashed and caused so much damage to Beasant’s foot, that he was ruled out for a lengthy period of time as he healed from the wound.

I’m pretty sure next time he went the store, a squeezy bottle of Mayonnaise was on the shopping list.

  • Two Weird Baseball Pitcher Injuries Within Three Weeks In 2021

Back in 2021, Zach Plesac started a game on the Sunday for the Indians but by the Tuesday he was on the injured list.

The reason? No he hadn’t been hit by a ball, or had his shoulder strained. Instead in aggressively removing his shirt following the game on Sunday, he caught his thumb on the chair by his locker.

The injury swelled up and Plesac had to go for an X-ray which revealed the fracture that pre-empted his placement onto the IR list.

That incident occurred just a few weeks after it had emerged that Oakland Athletic pitcher Jesus Luzardo, had broken his throwing hand while playing a video game.

Angered at a loss on screen, Luzardo banged his hand hard against a table next to him and received a hairline fracture in his pinkie finger.

So remember folks, even the top sports superstars can get an injury doing the mundane that we all take for granted.

And just make sure that your health insurance is up to date!



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