Kevin Ware’s Broken Leg

No matter what kind of sport you play, there is always the risk of injury. Athletes must be prepared to twist and contort their bodies in all kinds of ways in order to put the puck in the net or the ball in the hoop. Kevin Ware demonstrated this during an Elite 8 game that he played in 2013. As crucial as preparation is, it can only go so far, and sometimes athletes sustain gruesome injuries. The good news is that many of them go on to return to their careers and inspire younger generations to stay dedicated.

The Injury

As common as sports injuries may be, it’s not every day that you see one as gruesome as that of Kevin Ware’s during a 2013 Elite 8 game. The Louisville Cardinals guard was attempting to block a shot by the opposing Duke guard when he landed in an awkward position and broke his right tibia. The injury was difficult for players and fans to witness, as the broken bone came through the skin and was clearly visible.

The Return

Not all injuries turn out to be tragic, and often the athlete who suffered the setback ends up making a triumphant return. Kevin Ware was able to return to the Cardinals for nine games during the following season. He then decided to focus on his recovery, however, but he ultimately transferred to Georgia State University where he earned the title of MVP of the Sun Belt Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament.