/ Lamest way to get an injury?

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luke obrien - on 30 Sep 2012
I just knelt down and all hell broke loose in my knee. I can't bend it or walk on it without shooting pains. God knows what happened but there's no climbing for a bit.

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!

aligibb - on 30 Sep 2012
In reply to luke obrien:
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!
stonemaster - on 30 Sep 2012
In reply to luke obrien: Ouch. Hope you get well soon.
John_Hat - on 30 Sep 2012
In reply to luke obrien:


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.
Styx - on 30 Sep 2012
I stubbed my toe whilst belaying barefoot three months ago and badly damaged a nerve. I still can't wear anything vaguely resembling a climbing shoe and it's probably going to be many more months before I can do so or go a day without getting sharp stabbing pains in my foot.

Moggsy on 01 Oct 2012 - b0fdf0c1.bb.sky.com
In reply to luke obrien: climbed an off it's head E3 by the skin of my teeth.... Then went over on my anckle walking on grass back to the car... Smashed it right up and couldn't climb the stairs for a few weeks
RCJ on 01 Oct 2012 -
In reply to luke obrien:

I snapped my little finger catching a neuf rocket ball thing
richyfenn on 01 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien:

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.
AlanLittle - on 01 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien:

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.
Clarence on 01 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien:

I am currently "off games" due to knackering my lower back putting a contact lens in.
Welsh Kate - on 01 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien:
Tore ligaments in my knee getting into my car; was on crutches for a fortnight
woodsy - on 01 Oct 2012
In reply to Clarence:
: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
LastBoyScout on 01 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien:

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.
anaesthetic on 01 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien:

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.
tasmanian21 - on 01 Oct 2012
A friend of mine separated her ankle from a tendon by standing on a hold half way up a route at Brean... And then had to wait for the tide to go out to hop back to her car!
mkean - on 01 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien:
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.

Queenie - on 01 Oct 2012
In reply to mkean:

That last one made me chuckle...I mean a tissue of all things! :D
Clarence on 01 Oct 2012
In reply to woodsy:
> (In reply to Clarence)
> :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.
parberoo - on 01 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien:
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.
PebblePusher - on 01 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien:

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!

ajsteele - on 01 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien:

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.
thedatastream on 01 Oct 2012
Potter around Tryfan and the Glyders up the North Ridge and Bristly Ridge. Ran down from the tops into Idwal. Slipped on wet path near the Youth Hostel and twisted my ankle.

mkean - on 01 Oct 2012
In reply to parberoo:
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
lorentz - on 01 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien:

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#
JCurrie - on 01 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien:
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.
TheHorroffice - on 01 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien:
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.
luke obrien - on 01 Oct 2012
In reply to TheHorroffice: one of my mates owned up to snapping a tendon making bread.

From some of the posts I think climbing is one of the safest things you can do
ThunderCat - on 01 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien:

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.

climber david - on 01 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien:

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
adnix - on 01 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien:

Terrible wrist pain because of using this computer!
stonemaster - on 01 Oct 2012
In reply to ThunderCat: Barsteward! Need a new keyboard now...
Alpenglow - on 01 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien: My friend fractured her arm whilst climbing over a style on our gold DofE. Apparently even the doctors had no idea how she did it!

tom_in_edinburgh - on 01 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien:

Spend a couple of hours practising juggling knifes and fire clubs. Finish off and come back in, burn hand on pot on stove.

Madden - on 01 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien:

Put foot on floor - Break first toe.

Put clarinet on floor - Trap nerve in neck.

Walk on hands - Dislocate shoulder.
geebus - on 02 Oct 2012
At the local indoor climbing place:
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.)
AlunP on 02 Oct 2012 - host217-44-19-186.range217-44.btcentralplus.com
My mate had a serious rugby injury.

Cut his hand open with the orange knife at half time.
Simon Alden - on 02 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien: Was walking barefoot in the basement and caught the sole of my foot on the edge of a one cm step in the floor. Herniated a disc, needed back operation and was out of action for months..
Jimbo C - on 02 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien:

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.
Alyson - on 02 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien: I broke my ankle in my bedroom as a messy teenager (stood awkwardly on a shoe - various of which were strewn across the floor). It needed pinning, but then I got a hospital infection in it (some kind of nasty staphyloccocus I seem to recall, from dirty surgical instruments) which made my foot swell to the size of a large watermelon, covered in blisters the diameter of teacups. That was pretty grim.

By contrast I have mountain-biked, skiied, climbed, sailed, kayaked, paraglided and generally flung myself about in the great outdoors without major incident.
BigHell on 02 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien:

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
jcw on 02 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien: A few days ago I couldn't go climbing so in a bout of nostalgia repeated my summit which I proudly did aged 6 in 1940, Gummers Howe (above Windermere) and managed to fall over and tear a tendon!
stonemaster - on 02 Oct 2012
In reply to BigHell: Ye Gods! That looks horrible. Hope you have fully recovered now.
metal arms on 02 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien:

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.
browndog33 - on 02 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien: Quite ironicly I was reading this thread yesterday and today I put my upper back out big time while drinking a cup of tea- the pain seemingly came from no where and felt like a bolt of lightening had hit me, the guys I was talking to at the time didn't know what to make of me writhling in agony on the floor! lol
browndog33 - on 02 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien: On a unfunny note, the guy at work was telling me about a friend of his that stepped off a curb a bit arkwardly, fell over and ended up paralysed.
turtlespit - on 03 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien: when trying on climbing shoes in a shop, the shop assistant told a story of a guy trying to pull on climbing shoes that were way too small... result was a either a finger tendon or pulley injury (can't remember which exactly).
jackappleby - on 03 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien: I once threw my back out getting the milk out of the fridge.
Chris Harris - on 03 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien:

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.
Queenie - on 03 Oct 2012
In reply to Chris Harris:
> I also managed to punch myself in the groin recently.

<stifles giggle>

How did you manage that? :/

paul walters - on 04 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien: in 2006/2007 I spent 19 weeks on the floor with raging sciatica after hoovering the car !! Wriggled backwards off the backseat, put right foot on floor, put left foot on floor, felt searing pain up left leg across bottom and into sacrum, left leg gave out and I fell to the ground. Spent the next 5 months off work totally incapacitated. Still have no sensation in my left little toe due to nerve damage.
owlart - on 04 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien: I slipped a disc in my neck bending over the sink to clean my teeth. It took about two/three years to get as far as having an operation, and now 2 years afterwards I'm mostly back to reasonably normal although I don't have full sensation in my left hand.
WaxiesDargle on 04 Oct 2012 -
My mate was cutting a length of rope with a Leatherman. He was standing on one end of the rope to hold it still and as the blade cut through the rope, due to the amount of force he had behind it, he stabbed himself in the leg. It was hilarious!
mkean - on 04 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien:
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.
Ava Adore - on 04 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien:

Put my back out bending down to stroke the cat.

Couldn't move.

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.

Stark naked.
owlart - on 04 Oct 2012
In reply to Ava Adore: Has the postman recovered yet?
BigHell on 04 Oct 2012
In reply to stonemaster:
> (In reply to BigHell) Ye Gods! That looks horrible. Hope you have fully recovered now.

Yes am recovered thanks .
Timmd on 04 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien:

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....
brokenbanjo - on 04 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien:

Went to bed with no known injury, woke up and 4 days later my shoulders and neck are still agony.
balmybaldwin - on 04 Oct 2012
In reply to brokenbanjo:

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
The Norris - on 04 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien:

Mrs Norris managed to get a bit tipsy and fall backwards into a bin and broke a rib.
Dominion - on 04 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien:

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.
Goucho on 04 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien: Fell off garage roof about 6 weeks ago while trimming some Borganvilla's for Mrs Goucho - wrist and arm still giving me gyp!!!

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
brokenbanjo - on 04 Oct 2012
In reply to balmybaldwin:

That's not what I want to hear.
ozbaker - on 09 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien: I dislocated my shoulder throwing a frisbee.
adam cooper*super* - on 09 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien: my boss put an iron lion Head creation into a box i was holding, went straight through the box and smashed my foot, 3 black toe nails which fell off 7 days later!
bouldery bits - on 09 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien:

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.
Cheese Monkey - on 09 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien: A few days ago at Chudleigh I stood on the end of a sizeable log, which then flipped up and smashed me in the face. 2 cuts to the nose and a gash to just under my eye which my paramedic climbing partner stiched on the spot.

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.
Gazlynn - on 09 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien:

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.

RockAngel on 10 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien: stood up from sofa to go make a brew and my right knee dislocated.
FiendishMcButton on 10 Oct 2012 - 87-194-116-181.bethere.co.uk
In reply to luke obrien:

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.

oddtoast on 10 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien:

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.
oddtoast on 10 Oct 2012
In reply to oddtoast:
erm, that should be mobile* contacts - as in alphabetical list of mates phone numbers (got to E before anyone answered) not underworld connections!
alooker - on 10 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien: ran into a lamppost when I was chasing a rogue balloon. Gave me a chance to see my own skull though!
mkean - on 10 Oct 2012
In reply to FiendishMcButton:
That was very funny and very nearly a new keyboard
RockAngel on 11 Oct 2012
In reply to FiendishMcButton: that is one of the funniest things I have ever read! :-D roflmao
benknapp on 11 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien:
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...
mkean - on 11 Oct 2012
In reply to benknapp:
Another one:
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.
Hooo - on 12 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien:
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.
ericinbristol - on 12 Oct 2012
In reply to FiendishMcButton:

Proper laugh out loud funny...
luke obrien - on 13 Oct 2012
In reply to ericinbristol: not sure if you've seen this one. Nt climbing related but one of the funniest mistakes I have heard of for a whole....

FiendishMcButton on 16 Oct 2012 - 87-194-116-181.bethere.co.uk
In reply to Eric, mkean and rockangel:

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
Mike H SNG - on 16 Oct 2012
In reply to luke obrien:
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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