I think you have to be a certain level of crazy to play Australian Rules Football, what with guys hitting each other full-force without an ounce of protective equipment. Shockingly there aren’t as many injuries as you think there might be, but when one does occur, it’s usually of the horrific variety.
A prime example of this is the ghastly broken leg suffered by midfielder James Strauss of Melbourne. During Saturday’s match between Strauss’ Demons and the Carlton Blues, Strauss contested a mark against the Blues Jeff Garlett. The Demons midfielder landed awkwardly on his left leg, and when all was said and done, Strauss had an extra joint in his leg where one didn’t exist before.
Video for the not weak-stomached follows the jump…
Strauss underwent surgery to have a stabilizing rod inserted into his leg, which could keep him out of action for 2 years, putting his future with Melbourne in jeopardy. After seeing Strauss’ leg snap like that, it’ll be amazing if he ever returns to competitive football at all.
But like I said, you have to be a certain level of crazy to play this game—and I’m pretty sure James Strauss possesses that level of insanity.
[H/T to TPS]