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Top 10 Horrific Sports Injuries

August 28, 2019

English CC by Charles Baluyot Rebeca: Sometimes athlete
push their bodies a little too far… Welcome to, 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


  • Reply Andrew QC February 26, 2019 at 2:19 am

    I have not seen the complete video but if Anderson Silva's injurie is the number 9 I cannot imagine the number 1

  • Reply Hurley B February 26, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    I knew Kevin Ware was gonna be in here someone

  • Reply אריאל גולני March 1, 2019 at 3:09 pm


  • Reply Mr. McFlurry9726 March 3, 2019 at 3:38 am

    If soccer is called football then football is called soccer.

  • Reply Levi Gassaway March 3, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    Marcus lattimore look it up

  • Reply C Murrmaid March 5, 2019 at 2:52 am

    I know this was made years ago but Gordon Hayward who else saw it live

  • Reply Daniel and Nicholas and Victoria Castro castro March 5, 2019 at 3:12 am

    Foot ball

  • Reply Yash Amin March 5, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    This is just heartbreaking

  • Reply CPO Masterpeace6 March 5, 2019 at 10:51 pm

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

  • Reply wu jinyang March 7, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    If u thought this was gruesome, watch Luis garrido injury u would legit be so digusted

  • Reply Roy Brown March 8, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    I ran into a snowman and broke my jaw in two places😜

  • Reply snipsnap the Best March 10, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    I almost want to quit basketball🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀

  • Reply Sam Roa March 11, 2019 at 12:12 am

    Who in the seven shades of unholy hell found these videos.

  • Reply Sam P March 12, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    I think malarchuks was the worst injury

  • Reply Shadow Master March 13, 2019 at 3:56 am

    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

  • Reply Ben S.K March 14, 2019 at 1:31 am

    Rugby is the "sport" of Barbarians. -_-

  • Reply Jotun22 March 14, 2019 at 8:09 am

    Travis Roy missed this list, but all the injuries on here are truly gruesome.

  • Reply Kindz Entertainment Promoting & Booking March 18, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Theres so much spaghetti in my trashcan from me hurling, eminems mom would be proud

  • Reply Lil Matt Yeet March 19, 2019 at 2:29 am

    #6 I was terrified when that happend

  • Reply Lil Matt Yeet March 19, 2019 at 2:31 am

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

  • Reply steven lerch March 21, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    I'm from Newcastle Australia and have been privileged to meet Alex

  • Reply Trixnetzs March 22, 2019 at 8:50 pm


  • Reply needforspeed gamer123 March 22, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    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.

  • Reply TheOP Bacon March 24, 2019 at 12:54 am

    I stepped on LEGO and must have Been a miracle for me to be alive

  • Reply Rene March 24, 2019 at 2:55 am

    Not bragging or anything but I just stubbed my toe

  • Reply Ash P March 25, 2019 at 5:16 am

    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…

  • Reply Sketchy Punch8 March 28, 2019 at 1:08 am

    Thanks WatchMojo u ruined sports for me forever

  • Reply Marsh07 March 28, 2019 at 5:26 am

    Americans are just sitting there like “Who the fuck are the Newcastle knights?” 😂

  • Reply Brandon slade March 28, 2019 at 8:59 am

    I cant watch malarchuk accident i just cant

  • Reply Kypros Economides March 31, 2019 at 3:30 am

    Theisman….gross. And that basketball injury….shin protruding from skin….gruesome

  • Reply Capper 716 March 31, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    How wasn't malarchuk #1

  • Reply Fovg kgds April 1, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    I hate WatchMojo videos they are so long. why just a list need to be so long?

  • Reply Ayden Mason April 3, 2019 at 6:36 am

    What about the Gordon Hayward play?

  • Reply Jared From Subway April 3, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    This, kids, is why you play inside.

  • Reply Matthew B. April 7, 2019 at 3:42 am

    I think #1 should be that time when I got a booboo after my daddy gave me ouchies with a basketball

  • Reply Herowolf MC April 7, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    you should add equestrian injuries, unless they are too graphic…

  • Reply VintageBones April 9, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    Tibia honest, these are pretty brutal.

  • Reply Dominic Vargas April 11, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    #1 should be razor scooter the the ankle

  • Reply GPJ TV April 11, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    If you watching this in 2019 search jusef nurkic injury

  • Reply Braeden Levins April 15, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    #2 should be #1. Just watch all the blood oozing out oh his neck!🤢🤢

  • Reply XEdgeRenegade666 April 22, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    what about Brock Lesnar's broken neck during a match against kurt angle

  • Reply Stop April 25, 2019 at 4:54 am

    I bruised my toe before I think that was much worse than any of those

  • Reply Andrew Viewtieful Tachibana April 26, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    This is gonna be yikes

  • Reply Emperor Beaducwealm April 28, 2019 at 1:30 am

    Stabbed myself in the dick once. So much blood.

  • Reply Mackenzie Puetz-Bateman April 29, 2019 at 2:19 am

    I can deal with blood, but when limbs turn a way they aren’t supposed to, I’m done

  • Reply Mike Martinez May 1, 2019 at 4:32 am

    The guy who had the broken neck should have another life.who agrees with me

  • Reply Holy Narwhale87 May 4, 2019 at 4:32 am

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

  • Reply Adrian Y May 7, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    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

  • Reply ZackyZombify May 8, 2019 at 6:28 am

    How bout you shut the fuck up and just show the clips

  • Reply ???? May 11, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    Juan Jose Padilla bull fight injury

  • Reply Marcial Cruz May 13, 2019 at 3:56 am


  • Reply bits & pieces May 27, 2019 at 6:22 am

    Please support

  • Reply Slimey Gamer May 28, 2019 at 2:07 am

    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

  • Reply Blue Eastie May 28, 2019 at 2:38 am

    This is more disgusting than John wick chapter three

  • Reply Terry Thomson May 31, 2019 at 3:28 am

    The Napoleon McCallum leg break was the worst NFL injury I remember seeing live

  • Reply Musical Man Swift June 1, 2019 at 10:23 am

    Leslie’s was the most horrific in my opinion

  • Reply NinjaKitsune June 4, 2019 at 1:48 pm

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

  • Reply Kaysen Buley June 7, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    8:30 watch it over and over

  • Reply Matthew Hamill June 8, 2019 at 4:43 am

    I just chugged a gallon of milk after watching this.

  • Reply Reuben Hnamte June 12, 2019 at 10:16 am

    I stopped.. Couldn't continue

  • Reply Jonathan Murdock June 13, 2019 at 1:18 am

    What about Gale Sayers when he tore every ligament in his knee against the 49ers???

  • Reply Quincy Gluskin 6 June 13, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    U missed Paul George and gordan hayword

  • Reply Khalid Anderson June 15, 2019 at 2:35 am

    I am a basketball player and this is just disgusting

  • Reply shrek wazowski June 17, 2019 at 10:54 am

    Fun fact: if the skate blade would have been 3 mm higher, malarchuck would've died

  • Reply BLUE BETA June 17, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    True fact most of the athletes broke their fibula(°~°)

  • Reply S P λ R K S June 20, 2019 at 4:28 am

    Where is Ewald Lienen's exposed muscles and bones???

  • Reply Desiree' M. June 22, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    2:38 … oof

  • Reply IsleofMAN June 25, 2019 at 4:46 am

    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!!!

  • Reply Paul Martin June 25, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    I think some of Evel Knievel's crashes should have made it …

  • Reply Conman 200605 June 27, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    I broke my spine
    I dislocated my arm
    Me: oh yeah well I stepped on a lego

  • Reply Lalaina Pagan June 28, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    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 🤭

  • Reply Mohamed Shams June 29, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    Broken tibia and fibia *rinse n repeat

  • Reply James Robin July 1, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    HOLD UP…WAIT….Let me get this straight…are you telling me that Wrestling is fake? OMFG?

  • Reply Ris Raid July 5, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Try not to flinch challenge level: WTF

  • Reply Luke Sanchez July 10, 2019 at 5:46 am

    Commentator: "Please turn the camera away"
    Cameraman: Zooms in for a closer look

  • Reply spy guy July 14, 2019 at 3:46 am

    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

  • Reply sophiebophiex July 15, 2019 at 3:49 am

    Who else is on a WatchMojo sports binge?

  • Reply Angelo Mendez July 16, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    He want on to win a World Series with the Florida Marlins in 1997

  • Reply Angelo Mendez July 16, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    Just last year ALEX Smith suffer the during a game against the Texas on the same day

  • Reply mes01384 July 24, 2019 at 12:26 am

    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

  • Reply The Deetrix July 26, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    cisse is a shithouse he deserved it

  • Reply Chris Halladay July 28, 2019 at 8:48 am

    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.

  • Reply Dynozarion August 1, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    I dont understand how you can practically snap your leg in half just by kicking someone

  • Reply Andy Carter August 3, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Yay they did nrl

  • Reply Bowser Tech Reviews August 7, 2019 at 5:47 am

    What about the injury that ended NHL forward Marc Savard’s career

  • Reply Michael Lee August 7, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    Hockey and MMA are 2 of my favourite things, and if you don’t get hurt your not doing something right

  • Reply kaden ben August 7, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    A hockey player got there finger cut off that's pretty bad

  • Reply Armando Alvarez August 8, 2019 at 1:35 am

    I dont feel like playing sports anymore

  • Reply Ali Desch August 10, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    Top 10 Most Durable Humans to Ever Live. Mick Foley for #1

  • Reply Ali Desch August 10, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    They need some milk!

  • Reply AnCaliban August 11, 2019 at 5:22 am

    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?

  • Reply Emma LoPiccolo August 14, 2019 at 4:58 am

    I guess I love giving myself nightmares

  • Reply Dragon Soul August 14, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    I almost passed out watching this… Especially at #6

  • Reply techspin2370 - August 17, 2019 at 4:02 am

    10:50 um mma fighters? hello? oh wait it's WatchMojo theyre retarded

  • Reply Topcorns August 19, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    Weak bones

  • Reply Brent W August 20, 2019 at 5:42 am

    Quite something seeing Livingston even as an honorable mention. Never knew about his injury but I remember watching him play for his high school in Illinois a good 15 or so years ago.

  • Reply Jay Hakimian August 25, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    johnny knox

  • Reply DarkMadder August 26, 2019 at 3:42 am

    With the exception of the last guy, NOTHING compares to Alex Zanardi. NOT. EVEN. CLOSE.

  • Reply Jose Orozco August 26, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    The worst injury was of the hockey player whose neck artery was sliced with the skate blade. That was extremely horrific 2 see.

  • Reply Alex !?** August 27, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Kevin Ware should be #1

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