Extreme Sports is a type of sport that requires people to take big risks. They challenge each other to soar higher and flip more often. They defy gravity and apparently laugh in the face of potential dangers. It is something that more people are beginning to enjoy and one study shows that there have been more than four million accidents in a span of only 11 years. However, as the name implies, it is an extreme sport and with that comes some very extreme injuries, not all of which are fatal, but most of which do leave a person forever changed by it. Here are some of the most serious injuries that people have suffered playing extreme sports.

One major injury occurred in 2012 when Jeb Corliss, a base jumper, made a jump that landed him on a rock ledge. Upon impact, he broke both ankles, three of his toes, and more. He was cut to the point that he needed skin grafts to close it back up.

A snowboarder, Kevin Pearce, fell taking a halfpipe run. It resulted in a coma and doctors felt that he may never walk again afterward. However, after two years of therapy, he has not only regained his ability to walk, but now is also back at snowboarding.

Stephen Murry, who most people may know from BMX biking, died after a severe crash, but was revived after a few minutes. The accident immediately broke his spine because he was attempting a flip and it did not fully rotate. He landed head first and is now paralyzed from the head down.

Surf Champion Bethany Hamilton was bitten by a shark, which took off her arm, when she was only 13. She was practicing and many never thought she would be able to surf again. In less than a month, she was back on the water practicing and she still enjoys hitting the water.

As more and more people begin to take chances and play extreme sports, there is a further risk of the numbers growing. People are also beginning to play at earlier ages and take it to the next level. Wearing safety gear is a great way to prevent death, which still happens more often than you may realize, but safety gear may not totally prevent life-changing injuries.