It has been scientifically proven that athletes have a higher tolerance for pain than the average citizen. But even these “highly trained machines” can break down and writhe in pain due to some of the more gruesome and horrific injuries we see week in and week out on the football field.
Even the less serious injuries can deliver quite a painful reaction to some of the toughest guys alive.
There are definitely plenty of painful injuries in football from which to make a list of the most painful. This particular list is based on personal experience, witnessing player reactions and listening to athletes share their own opinions here and there.
An important note to consider is this is not a list focusing on the most serious injuries imaginable, but rather the most painful ones. Sometimes pain and severity don’t directly parallel one another, and sometimes they do.
I also tried to include and consider the difference between immediate/initial pain as the injury happens and the lingering pain that follows. Sometimes the pain of an injury worsens over time, and sometimes an injury can be painful for months or even years. These elements are considered as I list the eight most painful injuries in football.