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Re: [IPp] Contact sports

 I have a question for those of you who have children playing the VERY agressive
sport, Lacrosse. My son disconnects for every practice and game because of the
high contact and aggressiveness. What I keep worrying about, however, is his
site. He wears shoulder and elbow pads as well as a helmet and gloves, but his
site is usually around his waist area where he has no protection. For anyone who
has seen a lacrosse game, you know that the players bang into each other, push
each other, hit each other with their sticks and they end up on the ground alot.
I always worry about Brendan's site getting ripped out or pushed in too far or
something like that. Does anyone have any ideas or thoughts on this? Also, my
son has been having trouble with highs after lacrosse practices and games and I
have been blaming it on being disconnected for more than an hour at a time. Has
anyone else had this problem and what do you do?

Jackie, mom to Brendan age 9, dx 8/06  

----- Original Message ----
From: Suzanne Henbest <email @ redacted>
To: email @ redacted
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2008 7:29:11 PM
Subject: 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. 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
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
> collided.
> 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.
> Michael
> .
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