The Most Painful Looking Moments in Sports

Nick DimengoFeatured ColumnistJune 29, 2014

The Most Painful Looking Moments in Sports

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    Injuries are a way of life in sports. There are some injuries that happen nearly every single game.

    You know the ones I'm talking about—a jammed finger in basketball, a foul ball off the foot in baseball or, probably the worst of those, getting trucked by a defender in football.

    I don't like showing athletes getting completely busted up, so here are a few instances in sports that made us all cringe, but weren't bad enough to keep the players from rubbing some dirt on their wounds and getting back out there.

Xabi Alonso

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    As someone who has played soccer since the age of three, the one time I feel the most vulnerable during a match is when the ball is in the air.

    With a number of players in the same vicinity of the ball, it's inevitable that multiple guys will go up for the header or try and bring it down with their foot.

    In this case—which happened during the 2010 World Cup Final—Spain's Xabi Alonso was the victim of a nasty cleat to the chest by Netherlands' Nigel de Jong—which didn't even lead to a red card.

Umpire Joe West

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    Umpires aren't always the most favorite people during a baseball game.

    Whether fans, players or, especially, managers, the boys in blue are constantly under attack for trying to make the right call.

    So when MLB ump Joe West got hit by a baseball earlier this week, there were no doubt a few people who probably cracked a smile.

    Problem was, West showed that he was no wussy, flexing and cracking a smile after a liner hit him in the chest—which is something none of us probably would have done.

Alejandro Bedoya and Jermaine Jones

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    Sometimes teammates happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time—as was the case when U.S. men's national team members Alejandro Bedoya and Jermaine Jones knocked each other out with friendly fire.

    The two crossed paths and nailed each other during the team's match against Germany, with both ending up on the ground and needing to be treated.

    What's worse is that they're both on the injury list for the Belgium game because of this.

Steve von Bergen

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    Just like a few of these other soccer videos, seeing Switzerland's Steve von Bergen get kicked in the left eye by a boot during the team's match in this year's World Cup versus France makes me cringe.

    The accident resulted in von Bergen breaking a facial bone and having to be sent home from the biggest stage on the planet—which had to be a disappointing way to go—especially since his eye is still swollen shut.

DeMarcus Cousins

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    Messing with a dudes' family jewels is always a slippery slope—by accident or not.

    As any guy knows, it's the one thing that will absolutely, automatically put them on the ground, clenching themselves below the waste with both hands and, typically, getting more than just teary-eyed.

    And if there's one way to take a 6'10" guy down, it's hitting him low—as Atlanta Hawks rookie Dennis Schroder did when he hit DeMarcus Cousins there last season.

    Out of sympathy, Schroder got suspended for the move.

Nastia Liukin

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    During the 2012 Olympic Trials, Olympic medalist Nastia Liukin found out how hard it can be to do something that, typically, becomes routine when she fell flat on her face on the uneven bars.

    There have been thousands of face plants in sports history, so Liukin is in good company and shouldn't feel too bad—even if it did cost her a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic squad.

Anderson Varejao

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    Generally regarded as one of the biggest floppers in the game, Cleveland Cavs big man Anderson Varejao probably has a lot of opponents who don't mind him getting hurt every once in awhile.

    But, as I mentioned earlier, no one wishes something like this on a guy!

    When Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo pegged Andy in his family jewels during the playoffs a few years ago, I think every dude gasped in sympathy—because it looked super painful.

Umpire John Hirschbeck

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    While aforementioned NBA players DeMarcus Cousins and Anderson Varejao have been shown getting hit below the belt by a both hand and the basketball, respectively, this video of MLB umpire John Hirschbeck getting drilled is a little different.

    That's because he took a heater flush on the manpiece last season, going down in tremendous pain following the instance—and no one can blame him.

    He was probably talking at a higher pitch for a week.

Clint Dempsey

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    I've shown you a few instances of soccer players getting knocked in the face during a match, but U.S. men's national team captain Clint Dempsey's bloody nose against Ghana in this year's World Cup might be the worst.

    Going up for a ball, Dempsey didn't just catch an elbow to make him gush blood, but actually took a shinguard to his nose, instantly breaking it and, obviously, leaving him looking wounded in the days following.

Speedy Vaulter

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    Every middle school kid probably remembers that moment when, in gym class, they had the chance to run full speed, hit the spring and go over the vault.

    And every kid probably remembers this being the one thing they were afraid of doing if they failed miserably.

    I mean, good god, who knew that gymnastics was such a contact sport?

Wiffle Ball

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    There have been a variety of different sports repped here that show guys getting nailed, but I bet wiffle ball wouldn't have been one you thought to find.

    As you can see by this video, though, this poor umpire learns the hard way why standing in the hot corner can be a sketchy proposition.

    This just looks miserable.

Brayden Schenn

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    Hockey is a sport for tough guys.

    Not only does someone have to be able to actually skate on slippery ice, but they have to be nimble enough to protect themselves from serious injury.

    And one thing that makes the sport so great are the crazy bodychecks in each game—unless, of course, you're on the receiving end of one of them.

    Poor Philadelphia Flyers center Brayden Schenn probably hated his profession for a split second following this ridiculous pounding into the boards.

Delino DeShields Jr.

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    So you want to be a baseball player, huh?

    The biggest fear for most kids playing the sport is getting hit by a pitch while batting—which is understandable considering no one likes to get nailed by a piece of hard leather.

    But Houston Astros minor leaguer Delino DeShields Jr. showed that getting hit is definitely a bummer, giving this extreme visual as to what happens following a 90 mph pitch to the face—and actually having a bit of humor about the whole incident.

Giorgio Chiellini

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    Uruguay's Luis Suarez is an interesting character, don't you think?

    One of the top players on the planet, he just can't seem to keep his mouth shut—literally—as he just got busted for biting an opponent for the third time in his career and picking up a lengthy suspension because of it.

    The latest victim, Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini, had harsh words for Suarez at first, but actually thought the punishment was too harsh—even though he still had the forward's teeth marks on his shoulder.

This Rugby Kid

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    This hit, right here, is a reminder of why parents need to sign permission slips for their kids to play sports—because some of them are really brutal.

    An absolute slobber knocker, this kid may have gotten rid of the ball just in time for his teammate to score, but he still got demolished with a wicked hit that, like all rugby games show, prove that these kids are tough as nails.

College Football Hits

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    Rather than list a bunch of different football hits in this piece, I figured it'd just make more sense to give you a compilation of some of the biggest collisions over the past few college football seasons.

    I'm just 5'9" and 165 pounds, so these remind me why I was a soccer and baseball player growing up—because I would have tremendous brain damage had I ever suited up in a football game.