The Pitchside podcast, hosted by well-known YouTubers Reev, Theo Baker, and Tom Garratt, has amassed a significant following thanks to its witty takes on the football world.
However, the show took a frightening turn during a recent broadcast when a seemingly harmless arm wrestling match between co-hosts Theo and Tom ended in disaster.
In a now-deleted live stream on May 7, just moments before the Newcastle vs. Arsenal Premier League match started, the two co-hosts decided to engage in an arm wrestling match.
Sadly, the friendly match went wrong, and an audible snap could be heard as Theo inadvertently snapped Tom’s arm in the wrong direction.
Tom was clearly in agony, and the rest of the hosts and guests were horrified as they scrambled to help. Chris Dixon, one of the guests on the show, even joked that it was “quite an achievement to make the worst sound ever heard on Pitch Side with Theo’s football opinions.”
Tom was quickly rushed to the hospital, where an X-ray revealed that he had broken his humerus, the bone that connects the elbow to the shoulder.
Arm breaks in arm wrestling are relatively uncommon but can happen, especially if the participants do not follow proper technique or use excessive force. When arm wrestling, it is essential to keep the wrist straight and avoid bending it backward, which can put excessive strain on the forearm bones and increase the risk of injury.
Additionally, it is recommended to warm up and stretch before arm wrestling and use proper equipment, such as arm wrestling tables and pads, to minimize the risk of injury. While arm breaks are relatively rare, they can be severe and require medical attention. Therefore, it is crucial to practice arm wrestling safely and with caution.
However, he seems to be taking the injury in stride, with Theo posting a tweet saying that Tom’s “anything for the content” attitude was still intact.
While it’s certainly a scary incident, the injury doesn’t appear to be too serious. Tom is currently receiving treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.
Since 2014, Benny A. King has been fully immersed in the world of combat sports. Starting with a blog about Greco Roman wrestling, Benny’s passion for combat sports has led him to explore various disciplines.