Warning: The content you are about to witness is some of the most gruesome footage from the world of sports. Chances are, if you’re an avid sports fan you have seen your fair share of injuries, and I’m not just talking about a basketball player coming down awkwardly on their foot either.
I’m talking about knee twisting, arm bending, stomach churning injuries. With LeBron James cramping up in Game 1 of the NBA Finals this week, perhaps it would be a good time to show what real injuries look like. Dislocated elbows and fingers bending the wrong way are some of the most common injuries that doctors report seeing. There has also been an increase in the amount of ligament tears in the knees and other joints, a trend that has encouraged coaches to start to preach how to protect yourself as a player a little more than in previous years.
The following are some of the most brutal injuries to occur in the world of sports in the past several decades. For the most part, these athletes came out alright in the end. But at the time of the injury, there was no doubt that fans were thinking the two worst words you’d want to hear as a professional athlete; career-ending. If we missed any, feel free to drop a line in the comment section and help add to the list!
10. Navorro Bowman (San Francisco 49ers) — Torn ACL/MCL
During the 2014 NFC Championship, NaVorro Bowman had one of the nastiest knee injuries football fans around the country had ever seen in real time. The 2013-14 Pro Bowl Selection recorded 145 tackles and five sacks for the San Francisco 49ers during the season before he was carted off the field against the Seattle Seahawks after tearing his ACL and MCL in his left knee. The injury could have been a lot worse, but Bowman still had to have surgery and he is expected to be recovered by the time the 49ers open up their new stadium this fall.