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High school basketball player suffers season-ending injury during team photos

Lindsey-PetersonAthletes often put themselves in vulnerable positions where injuries can easily occur, but one would think a player is safe during team photos. As Sheffield (Iowa) West Fork High senior Lindsey Peterson reminded us a few weeks ago, nothing is certain.

The two-sport star suffered a horrific injury that ended her basketball season when she slipped and fell during a team photo shoot. According to The Sheffield Press, Peterson lost her balance and hit her face off the corner of a bench she was standing on. Her injuries required 100 stitches and three plates in her face to help multiple fractures heal.

“It was the worst thing I’ve seen,” West Fork basketball coach Rodney Huber said. “It went straight through her gum, affected a few of her teeth and she had a big gash on the right side of her face.”

Peterson will likely have to undergo plastic surgery to repair nerve damage. Huber said she held a towel to her face to cover most of the injuries, but added that he saw a lot of blood.

To make matters worse, the accident also took place on Peterson’s 18th birthday. She is an all-state volleyball player who holds school records for kills and digs. We have shown you plenty of incredibly bizarre injuries here at LBS over the years, but this is up there with the worst of them. Here’s hoping Peterson has a full recovery. You’d hate to see something like that derail a promising athletic career.

H/T Deadspin via Prep Rally

Rams DE William Hayes injures forearm smashing a mirror

William-Hayes-RamsSt. Louis Rams defensive end William Hayes picked a fight with a mirror after his team’s frustrating loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. He lost.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Hayes smashed a mirror with his forearm and suffered a pretty nasty cut. He received stitches to close the wound and practiced in full on Wednesday with a wrap on his arm.

“You know I’m passionate about the game, about my teammates,” Hayes explained. “I know every guy in this locker room was a little frustrated after the game. And I kind of let my feelings out, probably in a way I shouldn’t have. There’s a way to do things, and I probably took things a little too far. The mirror was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I kind of took it a little overboard. Emotions came out and got the best of me.”

He’s fortunate the injury wasn’t more severe. Hayes, who is in his sixth season with the Rams, admitted he has been frustrated because he knows he does not have a lot of time left in his career.

“I know at the end of the day, I’m not in my first or second year any more,” the 28-year-old said. “So I know that time is ticking. I don’t have too many more chances to try to get where I want to get to. My rookie year (in Tennessee), we made it to the playoffs and I’ve been trying my best to get there ever since.”

The Rams are just 2-5 this season and have lost three straight games. You can understand why Hayes is irritated, but he should learn from athletes who have injured themselves badly before him. As this NBA player or this MLB star can tell us, fighting inanimate objects is usually a lousy idea. Not to mention, smashing mirrors is bad luck.

Thanks to LBS reader Tim for the tip

Florida OT Tyler Moore out for season after injuring wrist in a scooter accident

Tyler-Moore-FloridaFlorida starting offensive tackle Tyler Moore is going to miss the rest of the season with a broken wrist. The Gators already lost starting left tackle DJ Humphries and tackle Chaz Green to injuries earlier in the year, so they are dealing with a very thin offensive line. Considering Moore suffered his injury while riding a scooter, the Florida coaching staff has to be very frustrated.

On Wednesday morning, John C. Cotey of the Tampa Bay Times reported that Moore was in surgery after breaking his arm in a scooter accident. He said the 320-pound lineman lost control of the scooter on a wet sidewalk, which was later confirmed by head coach Will Muschamp.

“Tyler Moore was riding home on a scooter, came around a corner and his back tire slipped out from under him,” Muschamp said, via Bryan Holt of Inside the Gators.

Muschamp also confirmed that the sophomore will miss the remainder of the season.

When will these guys learn? We have already seen a South Carolina quarterback crash his moped while trying to carry a pizza and another player survive a horrifying motorcycle accident that was caught on camera. Prior to that, a Georgia tight end was forced to miss time after injuring his leg on a moped. These dude should either be on four wheels or none. They have way too much to lose.

H/T Dr. Saturday

College DT Kyle Smith suffers horrific injuries while making Bloomin’ Onion

Deep-fried-onionWe have spent a lot of time over the years here at LBS poking fun at athletes who suffer embarrassing injuries off the field, but there is nothing funny about the horrifying incident sophomore defensive tackle Kyle Smith experienced last month. Smith, who plays at NAIA Carroll College in Montana, suffered serious burns while attempting to deep fry an onion.

Smith’s girlfriend, Christie Fredericks, shared the disturbing story with the Casper Star-Tribune earlier this week. She said it all started when the oil on the stove began to smoke.

“Kyle didn’t want the smoke alarms to go off so he grabbed the pot off the stove and was taking it outside,” Fredericks explained. “The next thing I know the lid popped and the oil overflowed. Kyle slipped on the oil and it burned him.

“By that time the house was starting to fill with smoke and Kyle was just screaming at me and my daughter to get out of the house.”

Fredericks said she then took her 2-year-old daughter to the garage and waited for Smith when she heard him yell out, “Call 911…my feet are burnt off.”

“When I finally saw him his pants were melted and he was army crawling to the door,” she recalled. “It was pretty traumatic.”

Paramedics arrived and stabilized Smith before he was taken to the emergency room and later air-lifted to the University of Utah Burn Center. His father, Mitch Smith, said Kyle is burned on 20 percent of his body and that his arms look good but his legs will take a while to heal. He underwent skin graft surgery last Friday, with doctors taking skin from his thighs to replace the skin he lost on his feet, toes, shins and calves.

Doctors estimate that Smith will be in a bed at the burn center for about another month. He won’t be able to run again for four months and probably cannot begin working out for another six, meaning he will likely miss the upcoming football season. Here’s hoping he has a full and speedy recovery.

H/T Deadspin

Texas Rangers’ Jeff Baker hurt thumb on high-five

Jeff Baker RangersTexas Rangers utility man Jeff Baker did not play on Friday because he was unable to grab a bat after spraining his thumb receiving a high-five from a teammate on Thursday. Seriously.

Baker has been Mr. Versatile for the Rangers this season, starting games at both corner infield and outfield spots, as well as second base and DH. He is hitting .317 with nine home runs, and he has been particularly effective against lefties. Baker is batting .386 with eight of his homers coming off lefties, while he is hitting just .237 against right-handed pitchers.

Baker told reporters that his thumb was injured by a teammate who gave him an enthusiastic high-five before Thursday’s game against Toronto.

“I was giving my teammate a high five and the teammate was a little overexcited for whatever reason and bent my thumb back from my hand to my wrist,” Baker said, via FOX Sports Southwest. “I’m not too happy about it.”

Baker likely would have been in the lineup on Friday against lefty Mark Buehrle if not for the sprained thumb.

The Rangers already have Ian Kinsler and Mitch Moreland on the disabled list, so the last thing they needed was to lose one of their guys to a high-five. Actually, losing a guy to a high-five is the last thing anyone needs.

Nationals P Ryan Mattheus broke his hand punching a locker

Ryan-Mattheus-NationalsThe Washington Nationals are struggling with depth right now as a result of several injuries. There is little that can be done to prevent players from suffering injuries in practice or during a game. However, self-inflicted injuries like the one Nationals reliever Ryan Mattheus suffered on Sunday can easily be avoided.

According to the Washington Post, the Nats’ setup man broke his hand when he punched a locker after giving up five earned runs in one inning against the San Diego Padres. Mattheus’ hand reportedly did not swell up initially so he did not reveal the injury to the team. On Monday, pain and swelling forced him to come clean.

“I was pretty upset, and I let my emotions get the best of me,” he said. “I hit my locker, and unfortunately I injured myself. It’s pretty embarrassing. It’s a tough one to swallow. I feel like I let the other 25 guys down on this team. I let the whole Washington Nationals organization down doing something stupid.”

Washington starting pitcher Ross Detwiler came out of the game with an injury on Monday, which forced manager Davey Johnson to use long relievers Zach Duke and Craig Stammen in his place. Since Mattheus kept his injury a secret until Monday, the team was unable to call someone up before the game to replace him, leaving them with a depleted bullpen.

“It was tough losing Mattheus,” Johnson said. “Unfortunately, he didn’t tell anybody that he broke his hand the night before. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to have anybody here to help us out. He felt real bad about it, but I wish he had said something about what he did.”

Mattheus is not the first nor the second ballplayer to injure himself by letting his frustrations boil over, and he now understands the type of embarrassment that comes along with it.

“That’s what’s so embarrassing about it,” he said. “It’s absolutely something I can control. It’s not like I hurt myself out on the field. I got to do a better job of that.”

Moral of the story: don’t hide your injuries. I’m sure Mattheus was hoping his hand was fine and he wouldn’t have to tell the team that he hurt it by punching a metal locker, but it ended up costing the team even more than it had to.

H/T SI Hot Clicks

Victor Martinez needs eight stitches after cutting thumb on a bat rack

Victor-Martinez-TigersThe Detroit Tigers were anxious to get Victor Martinez back into their lineup this season after the slugger missed all of 2012 with a torn ACL. Martinez has played in six games for the Tigers this season, but he may already need to miss some game action.

This time, Martinez’s injury has nothing to do with his knee. Instead, he has been listed as day-to-day after cutting his finger on a bat rack. According to MLive.com’s James Schmehl, Martinez caught his thumb on a metal bolt on the team’s bat rack and suffered a cut that required eight stitches.

Accidents happen. Hopefully Martinez won’t have to miss much time, as it’s been a frustrating past year for him with injuries. Hey, at least the 34-year-old didn’t hurt himself in a fit of rage. We saw players miss time last year because they punched stuff not once, not twice, but three times. That’s the type of stuff that can be avoided. From the sound of it, Martinez just needs to be more careful around jagged stuff.