6 Most Gruesome Non-Sports Injuries Suffered by Athletes

We often marvel about the incredible physical abilities of our top athletes, but we aren't as likely to hear about their embarrassing off-the-field mishaps unless someone's camera happened to be running. Tons of athletes across all sports have suffered atrocious injuries while completing very basic tasks. Some of these injuries have left athletes in poor condition and forced them to miss extended periods of time in their respective sports. But since all six of these guys ended up being okay, let's regale in their misfortunes for a moment.

6. Cecil Upshaw: Lacerated Hand Dunking On Awning

They could've written the script of White Men Can't Jump all about MLB reliever Cecil Upshaw. He tried mimicking how he used to dunk a basketball to his teammates by jumping up and pretending to dunk on an awning. Unfortunately, his wedding ring got caught in the awning and he was left to dangle. Upshaw had to go into 2.5 hours of surgery to repair the damage done to his finger. 

5. Joe Sakic: Broke Fingers Cleaning Snowblower

Hockey players are supposed to be tough, but sometimes Mother Nature and technology team up to defeat even the best of us. Joe Sakic was attempted to get snow out of his snowblower and quickly broke three of his fingers. I don't care how gritty you think you are; you can't grip a hockey stick with three broken fingers. Sakic had to get corrective surgery and missed three months to recover. 

4. Michael Stensgaard: Dislocated Shoulder Folding Ironing Board

It's tough to blame a man who just wants to look good. No one wants a wrinkled shirt. Well, if that shirt would cost you your career, you could live with the wrinkles. Danish goalkeeper Michael Stensgaard dislocated his shoulder folding an ironing board. The dislocation would worsen into a recurring issue that he had to get surgery to fix. Following the surgery, Stensgaard never played with the Liverpool's first team and was added to the list of the biggest mistakes the storied club ever made.

3. Joba Chamberlain: Dislocated Ankle on Trampoline

Joba Chamberlain was jumping for joy until he couldn't jump anymore. Chamberlain nearly died after dislocating his ankle while jumping on a trampoline at an amusement park with his son. His ankle popped through his skin after he didn't stick the landing and he lost so much blood in the process that doctors initially thought he might lose his life. The pitcher spent many days in the hospital after the injury and would appear in just 22 games that 2012 season. 

2. Santiago Canizares: Severed Foot Tendon on Aftershave Bottle

The ability to use your feet is somewhat important in soccer. You know, that's why they call it football around to world. Valencia legend Santiago Canizares learned this the hard way when he severed a tendon in his foot right before the 2002 World Cup, causing him to miss the entire tournament for his native Spain. How'd it happen? He dropped a can of aftershave and the container shattered and sent a shard of glass deep into his right foot. 

1. Darren Barnard: Tore Ligament Slipping On Dog Urine

Dogs are a man's best friend, right? Wrong. Welshman Darren Barnard's dog was in the process of being house-trained but still had room for improvement. His dog peed on the kitchen floor and Barnard proceeded to slip on the puddle and tear ligaments in his knee. He would go on to miss five months of the 1999 season for Barnsley recovering from the injury.