Mark Richt May Have Offseason Hip Surgery Because of an Old Swing-Set Injury

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterNovember 7, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 27:  Head coach Mark Richt of the Georgia Bulldogs points during the game against the Florida Gators at EverBank Field on October 27, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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War wounds. They stay with us forever, and they must be addressed at some point, even those received on the playground. 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Georgia's head coach, Mark Richt, may need offseason hip surgery and has been coaching with a great deal of pain for some time now. 

The coach has the SEC East in his sights but has been hobbled for a while now and it was time someone asked him about it. 

When you hear what the impetus behind his malady is, you will understand why the tough coach has been so silent. 

You see, the guy is suffering from an old swing-set injury. Please note: "swing set" does not refer to some specific football maneuver or anything else cool. 

Jeff Schultz, who writes for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, asked Richt about his injury. Richt said it all stemmed from trying to show off for his wife back in the early 1990s. 

I think it’s a swing-set injury...I was trying to show her what a good swinger I was...I was swinging really high on a big heavy swing set with those big heavy chains. Sometimes if you go super high, on the way back you get a little bit of that lag. You’ve got those big S-hooks on top, and you’re swinging, and I swung enough to where the one on the left came out. So it comes out, but I didn’t know. I’m still on the swing. So when I come back down, the chain on [on the right] stayed taut and the other one just goes. I turned sideways and the first thing that hits the ground is my left hip. Just smashed it.

As most guys will tell you, some of our worst injuries have come from doing something rather ridiculous. So this may seem silly, but it makes perfect sense. 

Where there is playground equipment, a will and stupidity; there is a chance to really get injured to impress a girl. 

Not that the injury sounds all that pleasant. 

It was traumatic. I mean, when I hit I was like, ‘I think I broke it.’ I couldn’t hardly breathe. Sometimes with an injury like that you get a full-body sweat and a little nauseous. But the pain kind of went away and I went about my business, until about a year-and-a-half ago.

All that was years ago but Richt managed to re-injure his hip in an equally odd manner, by sticking to a strict P90x regimen. 

Despite the pain, he kept chugging along with the demanding workout and now may need offseason hip surgery. 

This should serve as a warning to all you men out there. Stay clear of any and all playground equipment. 

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