Re: [IPp] Contact sports
Thank you very much for your very insightful comments regarding the impact
of wearing a medical bracelet or insulin pump while playing in sports.
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Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2008 6:17 PM
Subject: [IPp] Contact sports
>> I think it's more to do with the jewelry getting caught or tangled on
>> clothing, equipment, other players, etc. and potentially hurting
>> either the wearer or someone else.
> That is exactly the problem. Rings, braclets, earings, etc... have
> the potential to remove a lot of flesh , etc... when moving fast past
> the human anatomy. Hard objects have the potential to vastly increase
> the amount of damage to your vascular system (deep in the muscles)
> when there is a collision. For this last case I have some personal
> experience -- having been hit in the quad by a knee and having my leg
> bleed out internally for several weeks. Lots of swelling, ugly purple
> bags of blood under the skin, etc... Compounding such an incident by
> making a hard object like a pump the concentrator of force in an
> impact can do a LOT of damage. You might not think that, but a point
> collision with a hard object can seriously damage an large vein or
> artery with potentially life threatening consequences if there is a
> bad bleed. I have seen a persons leg (shin) broken in two places by a
> misplace kick. Both of these last accidents occurred in normal soccer
> play, no rough stuff and without "hard" objects (like a pump) being
> involved. In both cases is was circumstances of motion in a play and
> being in the wrong place at the wrong time. In the case of the broken
> leg, both players went for the ball and one got it.... the other's
> kick at the ball caught the other fellow's leg at a bad time and
> place. In my injury, I was kneed by my own goaly as we both rushed
> toward an opponent that passed between us an instant before we
> In 12 years of watching my daughters play soccer, I've seen kids
> (girls) injured in soccer games because they forgot to take their
> earrings off (coach forgot too and ref didn't check). the poor kids
> had their earlobes torn open when the earrings were violently torn
> away from their ears in a collision.
> The rules that the refs and coaches put in place about jewelry,
> pumps, and other extraneous things that hang on our bodies are not
> whimsical, they are there to protect the players from injury that
> WILL happen eventually if these precautions are not taken. Don't take
> these rules lightly or blow them off as over cautious.
> One more incident that is not sports related but similar in nature.
> This happened to one of my fathers friends during WW2. There is/was a
> rule for military pilots that they not where jewelery on their hands
> or arms. The reason is that if they slip climbing into the cockpit
> and fall... catching the ring or watch, or whatever.......
> Friend slipped while getting into the cockpit of a fighter, caught
> his wedding ring on the lip of the canopy and had the meat sliced
> completely off his finger leaving only the bony skeleton. Needless to
> say he lost his finger. Later, my dad did the same stupid thing but
> managed to grab the ladder and pull himself back up (you think he
> would have learned from his friend).
> The message I'm trying to impart is that pumps and other
> accoutraments are NOT SAFELY worn while playing contact sports. That
> includes just about any sport where there are two opposing teams and
> a ball. Kids and adults will both go all out to win and they WILL run
> into each other every now and then.... enough said.
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