/ Lamest way to get an injury?
I wouldn't mind if I was doing something heroic. It's nearly as bad as my mate who popped a tendon putting his socks on!
I know someone who broke their ankle in 3 places needing 4 days in hospital and surgery after falling over picking sweet peas in the garden... and someone else who dislocated their elbow getting out of bed in the morning!?...
Hope the knee gets better!
I've been struggling all year with a variety of injuries, the torn muscle in my back being one of them.
I did that doing some gentle warm-up exercises.
I snapped my little finger catching a neuf rocket ball thing
A few fairly high speed falls off my skateboard saw me with some minor bruising and grazes, all to be expected and could have been much worse. Then one day rolling along at less than walking pace I hit a tiny stone and ended up with gravel being violently inserted in to my hands and one side of my face. If I'd been flying down a hill at the time I wouldn't have minded.
I hurt my ankle playing catch with my son in the kids' section of one of my local climbing walls, when my fot slipped through a rope bridge. At least it happened at a climbing wall.
I am currently "off games" due to knackering my lower back putting a contact lens in.
Tore ligaments in my knee getting into my car; was on crutches for a fortnight :-(
:0 Could you expand on this I don't see how?
My mate, a hardened triathlete broke his ankle when he ran through a puddle
Nearly broke my ankle while skydiving - put my foot in the only pothole on the airfield whie dirt-diving a jump. I was nowhere near a plane at the time. Took a couple of years to get back to full strength and I'm still wary of it when walking/running on slopes.
Did you get it checked out? Sounds like what happened when my Dad tore some knee cartilage (he just started to stand up from a kneeling position). Hope its nothing too serious!
Last ski season I bashed my ankle slipping down the chalet stairs (polished wood and socks don't mix), 3 days sat in the chalet with ice and painkillers, just about managed to ski easy slopes on the last day of trip. Thankfully not broken.
I'm brilliant at picking up injuries from safe activities, yet end up unscathed from quite serious accidents:
Dropped from the top of a climbing wall - no injury.
Walking along the pavement - sprained ankle.
Accidentally chainsawing through my safety line while up a tree - no injury
Walking into a door frame - concussion and a bruised arse.
Falling off while bouldering on my parents house and landing on the back of my neck from 3-4m up - no injury
A controlled jump off the foundry bouldering wall - grade 3 sprain, 2 years of ankle pain
Dead lifting a >75kg anvil onto a work bench from the floor having assumed it would be light (Someone had written 18k on it but it was an inventory location not a weight) - no injury
Picking up a tissue that I'd dropped - back put out and I could only crawl around for the rest of the day. Took several weeks of physio before it was right.
That last one made me chuckle...I mean a tissue of all things! :D
> :0 Could you expand on this I don't see how?
I blinked after putting in my right lens (always a bugger that one) and felt it flip out onto my eyelash. Not wanting to drop it I cupped my hand over my eye and bent over to make it fall into my palm. At that moment I was stuck in a world of pain, unable to straighten. The tears meant that I had to abandon my contacts and put my glasses on for the crawl to the sofa. A weekend of lying on hot water bottles with my feet raised was followed by a trip to the doctors and a diagnosis of a trapped nerve and some muscle damage in my lower back. Not fun.
While on site back in the day I stood in a trug attached by rope to a pulley at the top of the scaffolding and attempted to hoist myself up to the first lift.
Just above the downstairs window I tipped myself out backwards onto the block paving below head first.
Concussed myself. Took me a long while to admit what I had done.
I slipped whilst traversing around the bottom of the crag at Curbar this weekend and fully kicked a rock sticking out of the ground. Fairly sure I broke my big toe!
That's a pretty lame injury, and painful!
I once broke my leg while getting out of bed! It was a metal framed bed and I for some reason kind of jumped over my girlfriend landed with right foot on the ground only for my left leg to swing through and basically kick the stiff metal frame with my shin.
Surely the "Bricklayers song" should have alerted you to the dangers of playing silly sods with pulleys on a site? I have made a few pulley based cock-ups so I'm not exactly on the moral high ground here: (No injuries so technically a bit OT)
A few years ago while felling a large oak tree I had to support and then lower a large section of branch, I made 2 critical mistakes.
1) I massively underestimated the weight of the branch; density of wet oak is a fair bit more that dry oak and it turned out the branch was a long way away and not small ;-)
2) I was stood a long way back from the tree, holding a rope fixed to a 3:1 block. As I was a long way back friction between me and the ground was a much bigger factor than my body weight.
When the final saw cut went through I found myself attached to just over half a ton of oak with a lot of potential energy, the riggers boots I was wearing left a pair of gouges in the lawn as I invented the sport of uphill grass ski-ing. I ended up in a hedge, totally unharmed but rather shaken up.
I should have known better, I've lost count of the number of risk assessments I've written in the last 5 years :-)
I've had mega tennis elbow since March and haven't been able to climb at all since May. Hundreds of pounds spent on physio and acupuncture, a Cortisone injection that has done nothing but discolour the skin around the jab area, a trip to a specialist who told me it could take up to 18months to heal and if not an operation that'll see me having to keep the arm totally immobile for three months...
All this from using a ratchet screwdriver to put my now totally unused fingerboard up in my flat... #sigh#
Years ago now, after a fri afternoon lab sesh at uni, I was pretty keen to get home. Bent down to pick up my jacket from the floor. Didn't notice the wooden lab stool behind me. Broke my coccyx. Couldn't sit down for weeks.
Rearranging my PJ's one morning after putting them on the wrong way round; violent back spasm that had me bent double and seeing stars.
From some of the posts I think climbing is one of the safest things you can do
1) Walk from kitchen with chinese takeaway in both hands
2) Carry fork in mouth
3) Get to sitting room, kneel down to sit on the floor.
4) Catch the handle of fork with knee as you descend.
5) Shove fork to the back of throat where it sticks into flesh
6) Launch chinese in air, run around lounge, head down, fork dangling from throat.
7) Remove fork, cough up blood for 10 mins
8) Go kitchen, find choc-ice.
know of a raft guide who messed up his ankle carrying rafts and fell off a curb. not like it was a fist descent and the raft flipped and he took amile long swim. nope, just fell off a curb
Terrible wrist pain because of using this computer!
Spend a couple of hours practising juggling knifes and fire clubs. Finish off and come back in, burn hand on pot on stove.
Put foot on floor - Break first toe.
Put clarinet on floor - Trap nerve in neck.
Walk on hands - Dislocate shoulder.
Do climbs and drop from top overhang fine.
Bend down to get chalk bag and stand up under volume.
Later wipe sweat from my shaved head - note a good quantity of blood.
End up with it getting written in 'accident book' (didn't ask/want first aid, just explained to member of staff I was talking to at the time that the blood down my arm wasn't an issue.)
Cut his hand open with the orange knife at half time.
Severed index finger tendon in my right hand caused by pressing out pastry circles for mince pies with an upturned glass.
Most accidents happen in the kitchen.
By contrast I have mountain-biked, skiied, climbed, sailed, kayaked, paraglided and generally flung myself about in the great outdoors without major incident.
I ran upstairs last year and landed on the third step from the top and broke my foot . http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=185135
I pulled a muscle in my back playing Frisbee at Stanage. Luckily we'd finished climbing for the day but I was still out for weeks. Young mans sport is Frisbee!
My friend also pulled a muscle in his back picking his camera up off the floor! Ruined his Verdon trip.
Ended up in A&E with a very badly torn calf muscle. Two weeks off work, a month on crutches, 3 months of physio.
Injury acquired playing pool.
I also managed to punch myself in the groin recently.
> I also managed to punch myself in the groin recently.
How did you manage that? :/
Not that serious but pretty uncomfortable, I was out in the garden up a ladder doing some pruning when I saw something fall past me. I caught it without thinking, it was one of these:
They cut skin and bone quite effectively.
Put my back out bending down to stroke the cat.
Postman was coming up the stairs to the front door with the post.
The front door which had clear glass in it.
Through which I was clearly visible.
Yes am recovered thanks .
Cycling at 5mph straight down an unknown grassy slope, came upon a hollow I didn't know was there and landed on wrist after going over the handle bars, and broke it.
Lesson learnt, go diagonally down unknown grassy slopes....
Went to bed with no known injury, woke up and 4 days later my shoulders and neck are still agony.
I had a similar thing, and couldn't bend my neck/point my head down - took a year of physio to get it right again
On a school skiing trip messing about in the hotel a mate ran in and jumped on the bed. The end of the bed fell off and broke 2 of my toes - couldn't get my ski boots on after that
Mrs Norris managed to get a bit tipsy and fall backwards into a bin and broke a rib.
I wrenched / strained / tore all the inter-costal muscles on my right side - the muscles between your ribs - by waking up to a major sneezing fit, when I'd managed to get myself so tangled up in my duvet I could barely move. But the sneezing fit still managed to get me sitting up, as it contracted my abdominal muscles so much when I was cnstrianed, and that did the aforementioned damage.
I could barely walk for two weeks.
You don't realise how much it hurts to move your right leg when you've pulled all the muscles between your ribs on your right side, until you've screamed trying to lift your right leg as you get into a car.
Mind you, several years ago, came back from a cracking season in the alps with lots of big ticks, and 2 days later, fell of the pavement on Tottenham Court Road and broke my ankle :-)
That's not what I want to hear.
I once jumped from a wall and managed to ensure that I landed on my feet. My knees crumpled up under me and I some how caught my right elbow with my right knee, forcing my clenched hand into my face and rendering myself unconscious.
10 minutes before that my mate fell down the hill after tripping on a root. 30 minutes later he was upside down in his harness with his head 6" off the ground when I caught him. Then an hour after that we ended up abbing off a route as we were both too shit. Then got lost and nearly killed trying to find the top of the crag to ab again for the gear, then I nearly fell off the North face into someones garden.
It was one of those days. A right laugh. Theres a sling and a biner on the peg belay of Great Western if anyone is feeling kind. Or not.
Got knocked out by my son aged 2!!!
I was coming home from work and rang the doorbell. I watched through the letterbox my 2 year old son running to the door and as I encouraged him towards me I didn't realize that the door was slightly ajar, My son then pushed the door shut knocking me clean out. Very embarrassing.
To Thundercat and Clarence, you had me laughing for 10 mins
Pulled an inter-costal muscle halfway through a snowboarding holiday putting on my sock in the morning. Took about 6 weeks to heal.
Few years ago now, in my excitement at receiving a delivery of new kites at my work place I managed to stab myself in the calf muscle with a sharp pair of scissors. Hurt like hell when climbing and I missed out on kite surfing for a month. They still tell me to be careful when handling scissors or parcels, bastards.
Riding my new racing bike no handed as a child. Looked behind me to see if my brother was watching only to ride into the back of a car. Nut's collided with the handlebar stem. This happened outside of the old Weston-S-Mare general hospital I got up all shocked and a nurse leaned out to ask if I was ok. I chose that point in time to crumple with a high pitched whimper. No major damage but very bruised tender plums for what seemed like a long time.
Again at a young age, our pet cat got revenge for some teasing. I used to get dressed on cold morning in front of an electric convection heater that was in the dining room at my parents house. I had just taken of my pyjama bottoms and the cat ran out of the kitchen and bit the end of my knob. I clutched my bitten bleeding knob with both hands and bent forward with a fair amount of force which caused my head to smash into the back of a chair whilst also causing my arse to come into contact with the extremely hot protective grill on the convection heater. The result was a six year old boy trying to clutch knob, arse and head while leaking tears, snot and blood. My brothers, sister, mum and dad who had witnessed all this were laughing so hard they were crying. My mum sent me to school that day with black eyes, a burnt arse, a savaged knob and also telling me that it was my own stupid fault for teasing the cat. I never teased that cat again.
Loving this thread, my contribution is far less dramatic tho entirely self inflicted.
I banged my own head in a self-closing firedoor - somehow timed and angled it so the closing door hit me hard on one temple and smacked the other temple into the door frame a beat later. I can be clumsy so bang my head fairly often but this felt instantly Not Good so had to ring thro my mob contacts to get someone out of bed in a sunday morning to take me to a&e on the bus for a checkup. oops.
erm, that should be mobile* contacts - as in alphabetical list of mates phone numbers (got to E before anyone answered) not underworld connections!
That was very funny and very nearly a new keyboard :-)
Never has a thread made me feel so much better about myself, it's like a therapeutic AA meeting for those cursed with idiotic bodies...
My wrap sheet is pretty long and features things like:
. Currently sporting a beautiful black eye gained simply by a night's sleep in the Nant Peris campsite at the weekend. I woke up with my own finger in my eye. I'd been sleeping on my fist for quite a while...
. Gave myself full blown whiplash by suddenly sitting up in my sleep after a fright during a bad dream some years back... wasn't even dreaming about climbing.
. Arch collapsed on my right foot leaving me unable to walk for days and wearing inserts indefinitely... all because I decided to experiment with a slightly different running style whilst out jogging. Usually a heel-striker but felt like trying running on my toes. Idiot.
. Read an article late one night in a training book about deep 'pistol' style lunges being good for leg strength / balance. Tried one just out of interest before bed. Tore cartilage in my knee. Every flight of stairs still reminds me of that foolish moment.
to be continued no doubt...
I woke up in bed, covered in blood and with a bit of a lump on my head. A copy of Atkins Physical Chemistry had fallen off a shelf and hit me in the face causing a nose bleed and knocking me out.
A big heavy transformer in a metal box, someone's bashed it into a mess and I have to fix it.
Remove transformer from box and place on bench.
Need an anvil that will fit inside the box, ah this 10kg slab of cast iron will do.
Need some way of fixing the anvil to the bench so that it hangs over the edge. Ah, I'll put this big transformer on the back of it.
Bash box into shape. Looks good, let's see if the transformer will fit.
Pick up transformer... Foot feels like it's exploded. Took me a second or two to work out what had happened. One toe broken, can't wear shoes for a week.
Proper laugh out loud funny...
It was almost 40 years ago and they still bring it up and laugh about it at family get-togethers, thanks feck I don't have scars that I have to show off to non family members :)
I recently stepped out of the French window of our favourite beech bar at Salobrenea and misjudged the distance down to the ground and sprained an ankle. Mind you it was after a good lunch a 3 beers!
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