The 3 Most Ridiculous Injuries Sustained by Athletes in Canada

//The 3 Most Ridiculous Injuries Sustained by Athletes in Canada

The 3 Most Ridiculous Injuries Sustained by Athletes in Canada

By |2019-11-05T12:28:18+00:00November 8th, 2019|Blog|

Athletes are some of the fittest people on the planet. They regularly exercise, eat healthy, and put in a lot of effort to stay physically fit. However, given the hazardous nature of most sports-related professions, sports injuries are unavoidable.

According to the latest statistics provided by the Canadian Institute for Health Information, around 17 million people visit emergency rooms across Canada each year. An estimated 22% of these visits are because of sports injuries. Looking at data collected between 2016 and 2017, nearly 18,000 Canadians dealt with serious sports-related injuries in just those two years.

However, you might be surprised to know about the number of athletes who are side-lined from their activities due to injuries that have nothing to do with sports.

Let’s look at some of the most ridiculous ways in which professional athletes injured themselves:

 The cracker that broke the back!

Fans of the Vancouver Canucks were shocked when they found out that their favourite defenceman, Brent Sopel, would be missing the 2007 playoffs.

The worst part was getting to know that it wasn’t a random sports injury, but his love for snacks that did him in!

Brent was munching on some crackers when one fell on the floor. As he bent to retrieve it, he threw out his back! We’re pretty sure he won’t be following the five-second rule again! 

Breaking the ice?

Fans of the Montreal Canadians were in for an shocker when they found out that their goaltender had gotten himself injured. The ironic part? The surefooted athlete slipped on some ice outside his home and broke his ankle! 

Time to put the bagpipes away!

While upper-body injuries are quite cliché when it comes to NHL, this one’s a doozy. The backup goaltender for Toronto Maple Leafs cut his hand while tending to his precious bagpipes. The cut occurred while he was cleaning them and required 40 stitches!

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About: Dr. Douglas Stoddard is a sports medicine physician and is the Medical Director of the Sports & Exercise Medicine Institute (SEMI). After receiving his medical degree from the University of Toronto, he trained in Australia at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, obtaining his Master Degree in Sports Medicine. He is also a diplomat of the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine and has his focussed practice designation in Sport Medicine from the Ontario Medical Association. Dr. Stoddard is a consultant to the Canadian Military and has consulted with well over 30,000 unique patients in his career. Dr. Stoddard is constantly searching for new and promising therapies to help SEMI patients, and is responsible for developing the RegenerVate Medical Injection Therapy Program. He is the proud father of two boys, is an avid triathlete and occasional guitar player.

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