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The 15 Gnarliest Injuries That Have Ever Happened in Sports

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WARNING: There are some seriously graphic injuries ahead. Like, seriously graphic.

Getting injured is part of the game. Almost any athlete will tell you that. If you play any sport long enough, something will happen to you, but what happened to these athletes, who incurred the most brutal sports injuries ever, is far more horrifying than a common ankle sprain. What you'll find here are some of the most gruesome sports injuries of all time, which run the gamut from broken bones to slit throats (seriously). 

Some sports are more violent than others, but even the seemingly most benign, like baseball and basketball, have seen their share of awful sports injuries. Obviously, you're more likely to get your limbs snapped in half in MMA than you are playing hoops, but, as the worst things that have happened in sports show, these nasty injuries can happen any time, anywhere. 

  • Wresting Star Sid Vicious Breaks His Leg in the Ring

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    You can talk about how fake wresting is all you want, but there was nothing fake about this injury to Sid Vicious's leg. In January 2001, at the Sin pay-per-view, Sid went to the top rope to land a jumping kick to the face of his opponent Jeff Jarrett. Unfortunately, Sid landed awkwardly, breaking both his tibia and fibia. His left leg was visibly facing the wrong way as he laid in the ring. The injury resulted in three years of recovery and a lawsuit against the WCW.

  • Soccer Player David Busst Shattered His Leg on Field

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    In April 1996, David Busst was playing for Coventry City, against Manchester United, when one of the most horrific injuries in the history of Premiere League soccer happened. Busst got his leg caught between two United players and it snapped, resulting in compound fractures of both the tibia and fibula of the right leg. The injury was so graphic, United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel vomited after seeing it. 

  • Figure Skater Jessica Dube Has Face Gashed Open During a Routine

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    In February 2007, Jessica Dube had one of the most horrific accidents ever in competitive ice skating. It doesn't sound like a dangerous sport, but with blades going 40 mph, a lot of damage can be done. Dube and partner Bryce Davidson were side-by-side in a camel spin, during which two skaters go in circles with their skates in the air next to each other, when Davidson accidentally slashed Dube's face. Dube immediately fell to the ice after a gasp from the audience. The cut was four-inches long, stretching across the bridge of her nose and onto her cheek. She needed 80 stitches and post-traumatic stress counseling to get back on the ice.

  • Steve Moore Got Sucker Punched and Suffered Three Broken Vertebrae

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    On March 8, 2004, tension between the Colorado Avalanche and Vancouver Canucks, ignited by a first period brawl and a few weeks of bad blood, reached its breaking point late in the third period when Todd Bertuzzi of the Canucks grabbed opponent Steve Moore's jersey and punched him in the back of the head. Moore immediately fell to the ice, where he laid motionless. He suffered three broken vertebrae, facial lacerations, and a concussion.

    Assault charges were eventually filed against Bertuzzi, and 10 years after the incident, in 2014, Moore reached a settlement with the Canucks and Bertuzzi in a civil suit. The injury ended his career.