We follow you on Twitter because we admire you. If you're injured, we'd like to hear how you're feeling. We'd like to know about the sympathy notes you get from teammates, celebrities, WAGS.
If you feel compelled to describe your injuries, do so with the notion that as much as 30 percent of all children (and almost as many adults) fear the sight of blood, and about three percent of the population have blood fear on a phobic level.
So, this is fine: "I cut my hand."
But this is bad: "A skate blade lacerated my hand, cutting through the subcutaneous layers and severing an extensor tendon."
Got it? If you absolutely cannot resist providing a few details, make sure not to tweet a picture of your injury!
To you, it's a war wound, a badge of honor, proof of total commitment; we get that. But to us, well...it's just gross.
Note to readers: This slideshow contains several graphic images of sports injuries. The most gruesome have links provided.