Coming Back From Femur Injury, Tony Hawk Reveals NASCAR Driver’s Relatable Fracture Story That Had To Be Kept On the Down Low

Published 01/25/2023, 8:30 PM EST
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Skateboarding gives an exhilarating experience that makes one willing to go for it despite being a risky sport. Injuries are a common phenomenon and that doesn’t stop one from attempting it. Especially, legendary skateboarder, Tony Hawk, who has always hit the board regardless of bruises, knockdowns, fractures, and sprains.

At 53, Hawk recently suffered a broken femur. While Hawk could talk about it, in the recent episode of Hawk vs Wolf, the skateboarding icon shared about the fracture injury of a NASCAR driver who kept it under wraps and endured the suffering.

The NASCAR driver was under a contract


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People love to try skateboarding or snowboarding for the speed and thrill. On the Hawk vs Wolf YouTube channel, Tony Hawk shared an anecdote about NASCAR driver, Jimmy Johnson’s painful experience. Johnson went snowboarding on one of his breaks and fractured his wrist. Unfortunately, he couldn’t tell anyone.

Bound by a contract he was in, the NASCAR driver couldn’t reveal it to the outside world. He had to take the help of his teammate in the pit crew to help him start the car. But the injury didn’t hinder him from racing. On top of that, he went on to win a race.


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Safe to say, Hawk, resonated with the experience considering the many injuries he survived during his career. Skateboarding is a sport one really can’t resist. Boxing legend, Mike Tyson’s near miss is another example of the same.

Tony Hawk reaches out to Mike Tyson slipping off the board


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On the sets of the Hotboxing podcast, the former heavyweight champion suffering from Sciatica saved himself from a deadly fall. At the sight of a skateboard, Tyson jumped onto it to pull off a quick feat. But, it turned out to be a bad idea. The moment he stepped onto it, the wheels slid and he lost his balance despite Hawk’s attempts to help. Thankfully, he landed on a sofa a few steps behind.


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Undeniably, adventure sports come with an unwritten ‘beware’ tag. However, conquering one’s fear and attempting them with training releases a lot of healthy hormones like dopamine. Have you had any adrenaline rush moments with skateboarding or any adventurous sport? Share your experiences in the comments.

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Ramya Bachu

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Ramya Bachu is a US Sports author for Essentially Sports. Ramya has a Master’s degree in Psychology. She strongly believes in the power of discipline, consistency, and willingness to learn to achieve greater heights.

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