Five Africans Who Have Suffered Career Ending Injuries
Some athletes struggle with the transition out of their sport when they retire due to injury or health. This sudden change can be difficult to adjust to.
●14th March 2023
While being a sportsman can be exciting and rewarding, there are also some challenges and difficulties that come with it. One of the sad parts of being a sportsman is the possibility of suffering from injuries. Sports injuries can range from minor sprains and strains to more serious injuries such as broken bones, concussions, and torn ligaments. These injuries can not only be painful but can also prevent the athlete from participating in their sport for an extended period, affecting their career and financial situation.
A career-ending injury is a sudden, unforeseen sickness or injury that renders a person unable and compels them to give up their goals and aspirations. This cliche frequently involves an athlete suffering an injury, but the profession can be any one that calls for physical and/or cerebral prowess. The key factor is that it inhibits the individual from attaining their goals by producing a disability, not what causes the condition itself (for example, a disease).
A variant is when a previously known illness or condition unexpectedly gets worse to the point where the character is no longer suitable for their line of work. This injury could signify the end of the road for a character who is notorious for being hurt easily or for being tenacious and unable to stop when the going gets tough. Although the injury may occasionally be discussed in the backstory, if it occurs during the main plot, be prepared for angst. In sports where knee impacts are frequent, the injury may be so severe that standing up without a cane is impossible even after it has healed.
Some athletes struggle with the transition out of their sport when they retire due to injury or health. Many have spent their entire lives training and competing, and the sudden change can be difficult to adjust to. This can lead to depression and other mental health issues.
Overall, while being a sportsman can be fulfilling and rewarding, it is not without its challenges and difficulties.
BOUNCE presents a list of five sportsmen from Africa who have had to call it a quit in their chosen field due to injury or health complications at an early age.
Fabrice Muamba was a former professional footballer from Congo who played for clubs like Arsenal, Birmingham City, and Bolton Wanderers. In March 2012, he suffered a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup match and had to retire from football due to health complications.
📅 7 Years Ago Today:
🙏 Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch during Spurs v Bolton in the FA Cup, with his heart stopping for 78 minutrs.