Plenty of sports fans take injuries for granted and they take a toll on the players that suffer them.
Washington Nationals' pitching prospect Koda Glover has been forced to announce his retirement from professional baseball at the age of 26 as a result of multiple injury woes.
Glover made his MLB debut back in 2016, but suffered injuries in each of the three following seasons, including a torn hip labrum in his first year. He was later sidelined for the entirety of the Nationals' championship-winning 2019 campaign with shoulder problems, and the the extended absence clearly weighed on him mentally.
Constantly rehabbing injuries can take its toll, and Glover ultimately decided that the best long-term decision was to walk away from the game.
Nationals fans were rightly saddened by this sudden decision, but it is one that makes sense given that it's for the benefit of Koda's health and quality of life.
It is a shame how many players potential careers are shortened by constant injuries and rehabilitation. Former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is one of the quickest to come to mind, as his shock retirement was stunned the sports community just before the start of the 2019 NFL season.
We wish nothing but the best for Koda going forward. No matter what, he'll always be a Nationals player.