The Idol Star Athletics Championship has been a staple of Korean pop culture since its inception in 2010. Featuring celebrities, predominantly K-Pop idols, the show involves these stars competing in various sports. Broadcasted by MBC, ISAC has garnered both admiration and criticism over the years.
With recent statements suggesting the show’s discontinuation, fans are reflecting on whether this might be a positive step, particularly considering the numerous injuries idols have suffered during the event.
1. BTS’s Jin
Jin sustained a facial injury when he was accidentally elbowed during a futsal game. He received immediate first aid and later assured fans of his well-being, though the incident raised concerns about the severity of ISAC injuries.
2. TWICE’s Sana
Sana experienced sudden abdominal pain and was diagnosed with enteritis after being rushed to the hospital. Fortunately, she recovered quickly without the need for hospitalization.
3. EXO’s Xiumin
Xiumin suffered a leg injury after a collision during a futsal match. He was diagnosed with a bruised knee and had to wear a soft cast, which limited his participation in subsequent performances.
4. EXO’s Tao
Tao injured his lower back during the high jump event, visibly in pain after an incorrect landing. He received treatment for his back injury soon after and was seemingly okay.
5. GOT7’s Jackson and Jinyoung
Both members sustained minor injuries during the track and field events. Though their injuries were minor, JYP Entertainment stated the two wore casts as a precaution to aid in healing and prevent further damage.
6. MAMAMOO’s Moonbyul
Moonbyul fell during the 60-meter dash, injuring her leg and chin. Despite her previous surgeries in these areas, she was able to recover without lasting issues and even participated in the archery event.
That band-aid on Moonbyul's elbow TTTT
I forgot this was filmed a week after she fell on ISAC pic.twitter.com/uD7d8u0scP
— mspluto (@moo_pluto) August 29, 2015
7. AOA’s Seolhyun
Seolhyun suffered a severe leg injury during a curling event practice, affecting her knee. This injury prevented her from joining her group for their “Miniskirt” promotions.
8. INFINITE’s Wohyun
Woohyun’s shoulder was seriously injured during a futsal game, leading to long-term consequences. He revealed years later that he had lost cartilage in his shoulder and was advised to expect chronic pain in the future, significantly altering his physical activities and lifestyle.
it breaks my heart woohyun is still suffering his shoulder injury from isac back in 2014 :(( pic.twitter.com/G6hrdAKIr6
— 🖤김명수🖤 (@ifntvisual_) August 29, 2017
9. VIXX’s Leo
Leo was also injured in a futsal game, resulting in him leaving the venue on crutches and in a cast. His injury led to the cancellation of his appearance on a show and limited his participation in VIXX’s performances.
10. IMFACT’s Ungjae
Ungjae’s shoulder injury occurred during an aerobics performance. His agency revealed that his shoulders were already weak, and the strain from the event led to severe pain, necessitating hospital treatment.
— 임팩트 (@imfact_twt) January 30, 2017