Athletes suffer unusual injuries

Roger Federer kisses championship cup after winning another Grand Slam.


Roger Federer kisses championship cup after winning another Grand Slam.

To an athlete, nothing is worse than being forced to watch their team from the sidelines due to an injury. ACL tears and fractured bones are the most common injuries, both professionally and recreationally. However, athletes and non-athletes can be injured by the simplest of tasks.

 Professional tennis player and 18-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer was running a bath for his two daughters when he tore his meniscus in 2016. This injury ended up requiring surgery, and Federer had to sit out for over a month.

 Jacksonville Jaguars player Chris Hanson was having dinner with a fellow player when their fondue pot fell to the floor. The fondue was so hot that Hanson sustained first and second degree burns on his hands and right ankle. Thankfully, Hanson kicks with his left foot, so his game was not overly impacted.

 St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche hockey player Erik Johnson tore the ACL in his right knee after getting his foot stuck between the accelerator and brake on a golf cart during his team’s annual golfing trip. This caused Johnson to be sidelined for the entire 2008-2009 hockey season.

Even Spartans are prone to unusual injuries: I was injured last year by walking straight into a stadium light pole, so engrossed in a tennis match on the court I banged my head so hard I got a concussion. Consequently, I had to miss a day of school and three weeks of the tennis season.

 Spartan athletes, make sure to stay on the lookout for potential hazards and to stay injury-free for the upcoming winter sports season. 6