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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