We get it. When you see something like this, it's hard to look away.
When an athlete suffers a grotesque injury, it's sort of a source of pride—especially when the damage isn't season-ending. When you get slashed by a skate or punched in the face, and you look like a boss but still get to play the next day, why not tweet about it? It makes you look like the man.
It also tests the strength of your Twitter followers' stomachs. The worst of these injuries aren't easy to look at, so don't say you haven't been warned.
They don't play around in the minor leagues. Bobby Crocker will tell you.
During a game in July, the A's outfield prospect dove back into second base to avoid getting picked off, but only when it was too late did he realize that getting picked off would have been way better.
Hockey is not for the faint of heart. An errant skate or stick could quickly result in catastrophe—which, unfortunately, Sam Gagner now knows firsthand.
The Oilers center took a stick to the face last week, courtesy of Vancouver's Zack Kassian, and left him with a broken jaw.
Most athletes head into practice thinking they'll emerge afterward in one piece. In February 2013, Zach Redmond wasn't so lucky.
The Winnipeg Jets defenseman was the victim of a freak accident during practice in which a teammate "accidentally stepped on his leg," cutting into his femoral artery. This is a very important artery, meaning Redmond's freak injury quickly became potentially life-threatening.
Fortunately, the trainers acted quickly, Redmond ended up being fine and he was back on the ice six weeks later. He shared his battle scar with a reporter, who tweeted it out to the universe.
For those out there like me who have feet phobias—you should have skipped this one.
Triathlon competitor Kate McIlroy had her sights set on the Noosa Triathlon in November 2011. Unfortunately, she was racing with a new bike that she wasn't quite used to, and while she was dismounting, she fell. No big deal, right?
Not quite. Though McIlroy kept right on going, she noticed during the running portion of the event that her shoe was filling up with blood. Then her calf started spasming. Still, she kept going and finished third.
After the race, she saw that there was a hole in her toe. The staff at the medical tent pulled a piece of wood out of it, and as McIlroy wrote on her personal blog, they told her "the toe had just burst and all the tissue had come out with it."
What is it with all of these guys sustaining disgusting injuries during practice? Clearly, practice procedures need to be evaluated.
Last month, Manchester United star Wayne Rooney was just going about his business during practice, and he went up for a header. Unfortunately, so did teammate Phil Jones, and they collided.
Rooney was left with a nasty-looking gash on his forehead, which ultimately kept him out of Man U's game against Liverpool, which they lost. You can see more photos of the freak injury on his Facebook page here.
What happens when professional daredevils attempt stunts that go wrong?
Skydiver Jeb Corliss has leaped from the likes of the Eiffel Tower and the Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia, but when faced with a mountain while speed flying in January 2012, the mountain won.
Corliss was very generous when it came to sharing photos of the injury he sustained, though. You can see some of the more gruesome ones here, all courtesy of his Facebook page.
Remember that time the Knicks were playing the Heat in the NBA playoffs and Amare Stoudemire was so mad about the fact that the Knicks were getting destroyed that he decided to punch a glass fire extinguisher case after a Game 2 loss?
Yeah. He would probably like to forget that, too. Why, then, did he draw even more attention to his terrible judgment by tweeting a picture of the stitches he received, post-punching?
Stoudemire tweeted a gross picture of his injury along with the caption, "A millimeter away from my nerve. Thanks to the Most High I'm still able to heal an recover." Surely, the Knicks would have been thrilled had his tantrum resulted in nerve damage.
This chick is officially a boss.
Last winter, Morgan Miller, pro volleyball player and dutiful wife of Bode Miller, was simply enjoying a day on the links with her man. It all went awry when Bode somehow hit Morgan in the face with his own shot and left her looking like a zombie.
Kobe Bryant is excited to return to the court after suffering a season-ending Achilles injury at the end of last season.
In the meantime, though, he's going to tease each and every one of his fans with pictures of the surgical procedures he has undergone.
Last May, the Lakers legend tweeted a picture of his Achilles surgery for no reason other than to gross out everyone in the world.
Psh. And people say soccer players are soft.
Late last year, Celtic's Kris Commons not only scored the decisive goal in a critical Champions League match, but he also suffered a leg injury so severe that he had to be carted off the pitch.
Commons took a foul from Kim Kallstrom that left him with a "swollen" thigh, perhaps the biggest understatement of the century.
Serena Williams is obviously a legend. She's won 17 Grand Slam titles as well as a few Olympic gold medals here and there. She's OK.
If she's been around for that long and has had so much success, it stands to reason that she has been through some aches and pains along the way. One of the worst has to be the injury pictured above.
At this year's Australian Open, Serena lost to Sloane Stephens because she suffered an injury that caused her ankle to extend to the size of a football.
The first overall pick in the 2010 NHL draft showed his true grit when this happened to him and he just shrugged and let his team tweet about it. Taylor Hall took a skate to the face during warmups in January 2012 and was left looking like a Walking Dead cast member.
Apparently, because Hall wasn't wearing his helmet during warmups, he required 30 stitches and will now forever be forced to wear protective headgear at all times.
...But Darryl Boyce sees Taylor Hall's skate-sliced face and says, OMG big deal. My nose almost fell off once.
He must have gotten some good morphine in the ER because look how happy he looks about the fact that his nose is falling off!
Rashad Johnson sent the Twittersphere into a tizzy when he shared with the world a picture of his severed finger following the Cardinals' loss to the Saints a couple of weeks ago.
While making a tackle, the tip of one of the fingers on the safety's left hand somehow tore off. It was gross, but Johnson was incredibly proud of the gruesomeness. So proud, in fact, that he released a variety of images to the world that offered many different angles of his injury.
While it remains unclear how, exactly, the injury happened, Johnson has his own theories. He told USA Today:
If I had to take a guess, I would say maybe it dug into the turf there and snapped back and broke it that way. My glove was torn or ripped, which makes me think it didn't get caught in a facemask or a cleat stepped on it.