The list of idols injured at the Idol Star Athletics Championships (ISAC) grows longer every year, and it shows no signs of stopping.
Here are some of the worst injuries suffered by idols at this biannual event.
1. IMFACT’s Ungjae – Shoulder
Ungjae was the first known idol to have suffered an injury in 2018’s ISAC. He suffered a shoulder injury during his group’s aerobics performance and was rushed to the hospital for treatment.
According to his agency, Ungjae’s had previously injured his shoulders and they weren’t in good condition before the recording. After the aerobics’ event, he was taken to the hospital due to experiencing a sharp pain.
2. TWICE’s Sana – Enteritis
Also during the most recent ISAC, Sana experienced acute abdominal pain and was taken to a hospital, where she was diagnosed with enteritis, a condition that causes inflammation in the intestines.
She did not require hospitalization but did require rest.
Fans worried that the stomach condition could affect her schedule, but she made a quick recovery!
3. MAMAMOO’s Moonbyul – Face and Leg
While running the 60 meter dash at the 2015 ISAC, Moonbyul suffered a nasty fall. She landed on the right side of her face and hurt her leg and chin in the process.
She limped away from the track, but still kept her smile.
As a child, Moonbyul had surgery on her chin and ankle after getting hit by a mini-bus. Fans were worried that a second injury could have a lasting impact, but that was not the case. After the fall, Moonbyul reassured her fans that she was okay, asking them to cheer her on in the archery event.
4. EXO’s Xiumin – Leg
During the futsal match at the 2016 ISAC, Xiumin collided with MMA fighter Kim Dong Hyun and suffered a leg injury. After being helped off the pitch, he received on-site treatment from the ISAC medical team and was sent to the hospital for further examination.
At the hospital, Xiumin was diagnosed with a bruised right knee and received a soft cast in order to protect his injury. Xiumin went on to participate in EXO’s scheduled performance at the 2016 Golden Disc Awards, but due to pain, his participation was limited.
5. BTS’ Jin – Face
Jin’s injury also occurred at the 2016 ISAC. While playing futsal, Jin was accidentally elbowed in the face by an opponent. He received first aid and returned to the group’s dorm.
Like Moonbyul, Jin took to Twitter to reassure his fans. However, despite these “don’t worry” statements, fans suspect that many ISAC injuries are not as minor as they are reported to be.
— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) August 29, 2016
“Listen to me, ARMY. I’m fine.”
6. VIXX’s Leo – Leg
Like Xiumin and Jin, Leo sustained injuries while playing futsal at ISAC, but Leo’s major injury was in 2013. He was injured after being on the receiving end of a slide tackle and ultimately left the venue in a cast and crutches.
Due to his injury, he had to cancel his appearance on Let’s Go! Dream Team and wasn’t able to perform VIXX’s choreography for their music broadcast performances.
7. EXO’s Tao – Lower back/waist
During the 2013 event, Tao was participating in the high jump event when he landed incorrectly after failing to clear the bar. He could be seen clutching his lower back and later received additional treatment.
8. GOT7’s Jackson & Jinyoung – Arm/wrist
During ISAC 2015, Jackson and Jinyoung both suffered minor injuries during the track and field event. Their injuries were not severe, but they wore casts to help speed up the healing process and prevent further damage.
9. AOA’s Seolhyun – Leg
Seolhyun was forced to withdraw from group activities after a serious leg injury she incurred at the 2014 ISAC. She injured her right knee during practice for the curling event. Due to the injury, she could not join her members during their “Miniskirt” promotions.
10. INFINITE’s Woohyun – Shoulder
Futsal has proved to be one of ISAC‘s most dangerous sports. In 2014, Woohyun ruptured his shoulder while participating in the game.
In 2017, three years after his ISAC accident, Woohyun broadcast a live stream on INFINITE’s V Live channel, where he claimed that his shoulder was completely ruined beyond recovery. He has lost cartilage in his shoulders and, according to doctors, is expected to develop chronic pain as he ages.
His injury forced him to permanently changed his workout routine. He is no longer able to do full-contact sports. Instead, he runs and does cardio.
11. SISTAR’s Bora – Leg
Bora was one of the first reported idols to get hurt during ISAC. In 2013, she injured her leg while running the 100 meter dash. Her agency stated that the injury was minor and did not require extra treatment.