Brigham Young University Athlete Rips His Testicles As He Attempts Pole Vault On TikTok

by : Niamh Shackleton on : 20 Feb 2020 11:27
Brigham Young University Athlete Rips His Testicles As He Attempts Pole Vault On TikTok@zach_mcwhorter/TikTok

A university student filmed the horrific moment he ripped his testicles on a vault pole, and it makes the testicles I don’t have hurt. 

Zach McWhorter regularly practises his pole vaulting, so understandably wanted to share his skills on TikTok. Little did the 21-year-old know, however, his coach would end up capturing a lot more on camera than just his jump.


The video starts off well, as Zach approaches the mat at high speed with his pole at the ready. He then successfully clears the bar, but upon doing so, the pole rips through his shorts – and his testicles – on the way down.

You can see it for yourself here:


The gruesome moment is enough to make women grimace, never mind men.


Zach, who attends Brigham Young University, went on to have 18 stitches to repair the damage done to his scrotum. I mean, stitches are unpleasant anywhere, but on your balls? No thanks.

Fortunately, Zach’s coach, who is also his dad, rushed to his son’s aid straight after the toe-curling ordeal.

College Athlete Rips His Testicles As He Attempts Pole Vault On TikTokZach McWhorter/BuzzFeed

Speaking to Buzzfeed, Zach said:


Immediately after the incident, we got in his car and drove to the hospital and he sewed me up. It required 18 stitches!

I could see right into my scrotum.

Fortunately, as far as I know, there is nothing wrong with my testicles – just a scar. One day, we’ll find out if they function or not.

Zach went on to advise other vaulters to not ‘free ball’, meaning don’t wear cross country shorts without spandex.

He also said vaulters should always put a cap on the end of the pole – something he learned the hard way.

College Athlete Rips His Testicles As He Attempts Pole Vault On TikTok@zach_mcwhorter/TikTok

Someone else who’s had a similarly toe-curling, genitalia-related incident was a footballer who got his penis bitten in a post-match brawl.

The football player who did the biting went on to be suspended for five years.

The brawl took place in the car park of a stadium in eastern France following a second division match between SC Terville and AS Soetrich on November 17, 2019. Due to the unusual nature of the incident though, a disciplinary committee has only just reached a decision on how to punish the players.


The local league match ended in a 1-1 draw, but two opposing players, who have not been named, still found something to fight about and things got physical.

The poor chap who had his manhood bitten was actually trying to stop the fight between the two men.

I bet he wished he hadn’t bothered.

As per Fox Sports, Emmanuel Saling of the Mosellan football district said:

The events took place after the match, in the stadium car park. There was an altercation, an escalation and things got worse.

The footballer player ended up needing 10 stitches. Ouch.

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Niamh Shackleton

Niamh Shackleton is a pint sized person and journalist at UNILAD. After studying Multimedia Journalism at the University of Salford, she did a year at Caters News Agency as a features writer in Birmingham before deciding that Manchester is (arguably) one of the best places in the world, and therefore moved back up north. She's also UNILAD's unofficial crazy animal lady.

Topics: Life, injury, Sports, TikTok


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