Melissa Rycroft is the latest contestant on "Dancing with the Stars" to succumb to injury. The former "Bachelor" star sustained a fall during a rehearsal, which caused injuries to her head and neck. "Melissa was taken by ambulance to a local hospital where she was examined," said her rep. She has since been released, though her status for the next episode is up in the air. At this point, it looks like Melissa is pretty lucky compared to other contestants that suffered injuries while working on the show. Here is a look at some other "Dancing with the Stars" celebs that suffered serious injuries during the competition.
The former child actress suffered a mild concussion while competing in the show's 14th season earlier this year. The head injury caused Melissa to return home to recover, but her run on the show wasn't over. Proving her toughness, she returned to the competition shortly after the injury, and ended up lasting a few more weeks. She ultimately finished in fifth place for the season.
The "Jackass" star was arguably the most risky guy on the MTV stunt show, but that didn't mean he was above injury in the dancing competition. In 2009, Steve-O suffered a back injury during a rehearsal. It turns out that he fell down after attempting to do a flip, and ended up missing a week of competition. Always a tough guy, he returned to compete the following week. He lasted a couple of weeks after his return, but was eliminated in the show's sixth week.
The volleyball star suffered a serious injury early in the show's seventh season, and she wasn't lucky enough to return. During a routine practice, Misty ended up with a torn Achilles. That prompted her to pull out of the competition for good. "I am out," she said when announcing her bad news on the show. "But I'm not out of cheering on the competitors and keeping in touch with everybody. But I'm now going to be on the sideline, but the show must go on."
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