Winning a World Championship with a Broken Foot

Brandon Spain shows off his winning beltMuch debate has abounded on which sport produces the toughest athletes of all…rugby? Football? Wrestling? Well, after hearing THIS story, I have a new suggestion to throw into the mix: Muay Thai fighters.

Muay Thai is the martial art of Thailand, a tough combat sport that incorporates both stand up strikes and clinch holds. It already sounds pretty tough, but get this: at the recent IFMA Royal World Cup in Bangkok, champion Brandon Spain pulled off the ultimate victory with a broken right foot.

Knowing he was fighting with an injury, Spain concealed the problem from fellow competitors and judges and just did his best to compensate. “I’ve fought with injuries (before), but nothing that bad,” he said. “I had to just bite down on the mouth guard and keep going.”

Spain’s trainer (and father!) said, “It was hectic, very intense. He couldn’t run or skip or anything so it just made everything a little bit harder, but he got through it.”

And for his own part, Spain is already looking ahead: “I’ve just got to have a couple of weeks off, let my foot heal, then get straight back into it,” he said.

Tough as I find this injured athlete to be, I would certainly not recommend following in his footsteps. If you are dealing with ANY kind of athletic injury, fracture or otherwise, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider before getting back on the court or field or into the ring.
Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.