*WARNING* This gallery is not for those with weak stomachs...
Earlier today we stumbled across this hellishly painful looking bruise shot from Jake Weimer.
It got us thinking (stop sniggering at the back there) about how much of a erm... pounding your arse takes if you're in action sports.
Over the years we've been sent some cracking bruises by readers and riders. We thought this was a good excuse to share them with you.
These brave souls have learned the hard way that your arse is pretty much always the first thing that hits the ground...
OOOF! Cheers to Whitelines for this Injury of the Month!
Thought riding your BMX into a foam pits was safe? Think again. This dude got branded by his own handlebars. Ouch!
Roller derby girls take GNARLY crashes - like this lass!
The editor of Bike Mag suffered this bull's eye after dodging a newb on a Downhill trail. One to show the kids....
Learning to snowboard is painful business, as we saw in the second snapshot. This one looks kinda like the shape of the African continent - and it's nearly the size of it!
Taking a trail too fast and landing arse first? Yep, that's what that looks like.
We know wingsuit flying is a little, errrr, risky. But fuck, when things go wrong, they go wrong badly. Peter Farley got this banging bruise from slamming hard after a rough landing!
... as Mike Petroff discovered when a truck clipped his shoulder while he was cycling on his road bike. The consequences are not pretty.
Fuck, skateboarders get it bad on the arse too. This poor fella broke his lower back skateboarding and was left with this delightful reminder of the event...
Triathlons are hard. But when you crash in a velodrome and get a purple beast like this one, it looks all the harder!
Another Whitelines' classic. Catching an edge can end very, very badly, as this poor rider discovered.
This guy's bruise is black and blue, he almost blends in with his trousers. Ice does not soothe all wounds...