- Ben Cousins revealed how he injured his arm
- The football legend tore his bicep while putting on his sneakers
- Cousins has now undergone surgery to resolve the problem
Ben Cousins has revealed the strange injury which forced him to wear a sling.
The 45-year-old football great described himself as an “old bastard” after tearing his bicep while putting on trainers. The horrific injury forced him to undergo expedited surgery on his shoulder.
“I’ve had a problem with my shoulder, just some wear and tear and a few other bits that have been slowing me down for a while now,” Cousins told Mix 94.5.
“It’s something I’ve needed for a while, but I was just trying to hang on until the end of the football season when things – time-wise – opened up a little bit.
“And then, just a few weeks ago, I also broke my bicep tendon, which meant I had to go and repair it.”
Ben Cousins revealed the bizarre way he ended up in a sling
The football legend tore his bicep while putting on sneakers and required surgery
When asked how he suffered the injury, the West Coast big cousin – who won the Brownlow Medal in 2005 – replied: ‘Good question.’
“I was in a bit of a hurry, I literally walked out the front door and went to put on my sneakers without undoing the laces,” he continued.
“My shoulder joint felt like it had just rolled through the ligaments, it was like a shock.
“It wasn’t very painful but it didn’t feel good.”
Cousins admitted he didn’t think too much about the incident as he was rushing to leave the house. As he got into his car, he realized something was wrong.
“I just went to put the key back in and I remembered the last MRI I had, they said ‘you have this ligament hanging,’” he said.
“And then I rolled up my sleeve and there was this big lump in the middle of my arm, so it rolled down the arm.”
“That’s it… it had rolled down the arm.”
Cousins realized it was time to stop postponing the surgery and repair the injury.
“I said to myself ‘this will do the trick for me’. If I can bust my biceps putting on sneakers, you old bastard,” he said.
“It really needed to be fixed. It just meant I had to go and do it, rather than putting it off and doing it in my own time.