Watching athletes perform at a high level is something we all enjoy, but as we all know there are certain dangers involved with high impact sports.
I remember Djibril Cissé breaking his leg for Liverpool years ago and the image of his shin popping through his leg still haunts me today. Poor bloke.
But while injuries are part and parcel of certain sports, it never makes them any easier to watch.
You have been warned…
Auburn University’s Samantha Cerio is the unfortunate subject of this next video, as she’s suffered horrific injuries to her legs during the Baton Rouge Regional – an event on the National Collegiate Athletic Association calendar.
She was competing in the semifinals of NCAA gymnastics event when, during an attempted handspring double-front with a blind landing, she broke both her legs.
It’s horrendous when you watch it and she’s screaming in agony almost immediate after impact.
Check it out from around the 39 minute-mark:
But can I just point out that when she lands one of the commentators brazenly says, “I think she may be hurt,” “it looked like that ankle came down very awkwardly and she is obviously in some pain.”
In the immediate aftermath of the injury she was attended to by paramedics, before being removed from the floor by a stretcher after a long delay.
The extent of Cerio’s injury has not been confirmed yet, but there are widespread reports that she broke both legs and dislocated her knees.
Speaking after the event, her Coach, Jeff Graba said: “It was pretty tough to watch.”
“She’s a trooper. The last thing she said was, ‘Go help the girls.’ The girls rallied around her. They’re doing this for her right now.”
Despite her teammates rallying around her with the hashtag #StickItForSam, Sam announced on Instagram that she’d be retiring from the sport.
She said: “Friday night was my final night as a gymnast. After 18 years I am hanging up my grips and leaving the chalk behind.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the person that gymnastics has made me to become. It’s taught me hard work, humility, integrity, and dedication, just to name a few.
“It’s given me challenges and road blocks that I would have never imagined that has tested who I am as a person. It may not have ended the way I had planned, but nothing ever goes as planned.”
“Thank you Auburn family for giving me a home and a chance to continue doing the sport that will always be my first love.
“I am honored to have had the privilege to represent the navy and orange AU for the past 4 years with my team by my side.
“Thank you for letting me share my passion with you. Thank you for letting me be a part of something bigger than myself.”
My thoughts are obviously with Sam and I hope she makes a speedy recovery but this just serves to remind me why I don’t do any sport.
I’m never going to get injured sat at my desk all day.
Unless my fingers erode to the nub because I’m bringing you all this news hot, hot, hot off the press.
Nah but seriously I hope she recovers.
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