The sports world has left a lasting impact on its audiences. From the full-contact, adrenaline-inducing shenanigans of American football to the pulse-pounding skillful games of basketball or European football, there’s plenty to choose from. Unfortunately, each sport has the ability to make its mark on you. Whether it be psychological or physical, as is the case of this list, the sports that these players have endured have changed them, for better or for worse. In fact, some athletes sustain such tremendous injuries playing the sports they love that their body is never quite the same again. Unfortunately, this risk is just part of playing the game.
Sounds intriguing? Click “Next” below to see pictures of sports stars and players who were never the same after their injuries, both great and small.