Nolan Ryan recorded his 5,000th career strikeout on this day in 1989, making him the first and only major league pitcher to reach this milestone. By the end of his Hall of Fame career, he would record 5,714 strikeouts, giving him a lead of more than 800 strikeouts over the next closest, Randy Johnson. Another future Hall of Famer, Rickey Henderson, said of being Ryan's 5,000th strikeout victim, "It was an honor to be the 5,000th. As Davey Lopes says, 'If he ain't struck you out, you ain't nobody.'" Before the game, the 42-year-old Ryan had requested that play not be stopped to honor his milestone, so after the inning a videotaped message from then President George H.W. Bush played in the stadium.
Springtime and Sunshine! Heading to the water?
Whether poolside or natural water - it's fun, but only when you play it safe!
Here are Neptune's favorite posts on Swimming Pool, Water, and Beach Safety so you can brush up and dive in to water fun...
- ψ Beach Hazards and Safety
- ψ Rip Currents and Beach Safety
- ψ ABC's of Pool Safety
- ψ Pool Safety and Pool Safely
- ψ Water Sports and Beach/Water Skiing/Boat/Marine Safety
- ψ Splish Splash: Spring Swimming Pool Safety
- ψ Is your Swimming Pool a Puddle of Disease and Danger?
- ψ Swim Safety: The Overlooked Dangers of Over Chlorinated Pools
- ψ An AED near the Pool is a Safe Bet
- ψ Storm Surge – a Hurricane Drama ?
- ψ When the Earth Shakes and a Wave Follows
- ψ Drowning Safety: Children at Risk
- ψ Swimming and Drowning concerns at the Pool & Beyond
- ψ Links for Healthy and Safe Swimming Information and Resources
It’s no secret that cyclists on the street have to be defensive. Whether following the law or not, if a collision happens between a bicycle and almost anything else on the road, the bicycle is going to lose the battle every time.
According to the most current statistics provided by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012, there were 726 cyclists killed in traffic crashes with 49,000 more injured. In order to cut down on traffic related fatalities and injuries for cyclists, many cities have introduced new rules and methods for keeping them safe. Late last year, Vancouver, Washington, for example, added green paint to certain portions of their bike lines in an effort increase visibility with a color coded cue for drivers. However, not all cities are fortunate to have such clearly marked lanes for bikers, and even if they do, there are inevitably still going to be close calls.
Bearing this in mind, here is a list of the five most common and dangerous situations for bikers as well as a couple of tips on how to avoid getting yourself into trouble:
Drive out at controlled intersection: As the cyclist approaches a controlled intersection, a car rolls through the stop or doesn’t see the bike approaching, causing a collision with the side of the bike as it passes through the intersection.
Avoid this situation by slowing down as you approach any intersection. Just because the car may not have the right of way doesn’t mean that they will stop. If possible, be sure to make eye contact with the driver before pulling out into the intersection.
Dooring: A driver opens their door in front of an oncoming bike and they cannot stop in time, forcing the cyclist to run into the door or swerve into open traffic.
Avoid this situation by riding left enough in the bike lane so that you can’t be hit, even if a door does open in front of you. A car approaching from behind is more likely to see and go around you than a person blinding opening their door without checking their rearview mirror.
The Wrong Way Wreck: The cyclist is riding the wrong way (against traffic) and a car makes a right or left turn directly into them as they pass through an intersection.
Avoid this situation by always riding with traffic in the same direction. While going the opposite direction as traffic may seem like a good idea because you can see the cars before they pass you, the drivers are not focused on wrong way traffic. If that’s not enough of an incentive, riding against traffic is usually a ticketable offense.
The Right Hook: A car passes you from behind and then tries to make a right turn directly in front or right on top of you.
Avoid this situation by not riding on the sidewalk. Many of these crashes occur because the driver never saw the cyclist in the first place. By staking out your place in the lane prior to the turn, the driver will be more aware of your intended movement as you approach the intersection.
The Rear End: The cyclist veers left unexpectedly into the lane, maybe to avoid an obstruction, and gets rear ended by a car from behind.
Avoid this situation by never moving left in a lane without checking behind you first. Using an attachable rearview mirror is very effective for this. Also be sure to signal and make your movement patterns clear to others around you.
These are just a few of the most common situations that pose a threat to many cyclists while out on the road. Remember, at the end of the day, right of way and the rules of the road are not always enough to keep you safe. Even if you are in the right, slowing down or waiting a few extra seconds before passing through a dicey intersection can be the difference between serious injury or avoiding it all together.
Contributing Author Rob Tindula writes for the Vancouver personal injury lawyers at the NW Injury Law Center in Washington.
We sell a lot of Sports First Aid Kits and Sports Medicine Bags, really a LOT of them. They range from basic to deluxe, but all are lacking in one fundamental area: Instant Cold Packs. They all have them, but never enough. Some have one, even the best Coaches First Responder Kit designed for Team Sports has only 10.
It's just not enough.
What are the most common sports injuries? Strains, Sprains, Pulls, Contusions and Fractures (Followed closely by Concussions). While not much can be done first aid-wise for more serious injuries like Head, Neck and Spinal Injuries, beyond immobilization and advanced medical care, these most common injuries can be treated with sports first aid- and guess what they all have in common? Yep. Cold therapy. Musculoskeletal Injuries and Contusions all require cold. While fractures also require Splints & Splinting, these same steps apply to all the common sports injuries:
R-I-C-E which stands for REST, ICE, COMPRESSION, and ELEVATION.
REST = This should be obvious to anyone suffering a severe strain or sprain, but should be observed even by those simply suspecting injury. Rest simply means, "Don't walk on a sprain." Repeated use of the injured area may mask the pain, cause further injury, or increase the time needed to heal.
ICE = This is perhaps the most important aspect in dealing with an injury of this type. Applying ice to the injured area is necessary to control internal bleeding, reduce pain and swelling, and to facilitate the body's natural healing processes. Many people prefer the use of heat for sprain and strain injuries. Understanding the physiological changes that take place with each may prevent this mistake from being made. A sprain or strain often involves the tearing of connective tissues, muscles, and often blood vessels as well. The application of heat will relax the muscles and dilate the walls of the blood vessels in the area. While a warm spa may sound more inviting than a bucket of ice water, the heat will increase bleeding and swelling in the damaged area, slowing the healing process. Conversely, ice constricts the blood vessels, slowing the bleeding and reducing painful swelling of the tissues.
CAUTION: DO NOT APPLY ICE DIRECTLY TO SKIN. IT MAY CAUSE FROSTBITE. ALWAYS PLACE A FABRIC BARRIER BETWEEN THE ICE OR COLD PACK AND THE SKIN.
COMPRESSION = A pressure bandage may be applied to restrict blood flow and swelling of the area. Be cautious not to apply a pressure bandage too tightly. Check distal pulse, movement, sensation, and capillary refill before and after applying a pressure bandage to ensure that the extremities are receiving sufficient circulation.
ELEVATION = Elevation of an injured body part above the level of the heart is another method of controlling blood flow and reducing swelling of the injured area. Do not elevate any area if you suspect it may cause further injury.
The first aid for fractures generally involves immobilization of the injured area, treating for shock, and activating the EMS. Sometimes, however, it may be necessary to move a patient yourself. If you must move a patient even a short distance, a splint must be applied to immobilize the injury and prevent further damage.
Now - Think about your handy-dandy little sports first aid kit - with one cold compress... the first bump, lump. or bruise, and it's gone. If it is a hot day playing outdoor sports, one might not even be enough for the first injury.
So why do the kits only have 1 to max 10 cold packs? It certainly isn't the cost factor (disposable instant cold compresses are usually under a buck each - down to as low as 37¢ in bulk). The answer: Space and weight.
Understand how instant cold packs work... An instant ice pack gets cold when water and urea (or sometimes ammonium nitrate) mix, causing a chemical reaction. The way this is done, is we manufacturer the cold packs as a small bag or pouch of water inside a large bag of urea crystals. Following the directions, a user will shake the instant cold pack (to loosen and distribute the urea inside the pack) then squeeze (to burst the inner pouch releasing the water) and then shake again, mixing the contents and creating an instant chemical reaction creating cold. (This is also why they are sometimes called "chemical cold packs".)
Now, given what an instant cold pack is, you may understand why Sports Medicine kits have so few… though small, they are still bulky, heavy bags of water! Especially when you think of 20, 50, or 100 - which are the numbers a small sports team should really have on hand at any time.
So load up. Buy bulk cases of cold compresses. They are cheap, and they don't have expiration dates. (Just store at room temperature, so if you live in a cold climate and leave them in the garage, remember the notes above - these are essentially bags of water, so they can freeze and burst.)
One more suggestion... think about R.I.C.E. above...
Have you ever tried to hold a cold compress on an injury - while elevating it no less - for 15-20 minutes? Not fun. Now, if we are considering Youth Sports, think about trying to get a kid to do that. Invest another few dollars in an ice wrap or ice securing band. These are like an ACE elastic wrap, but wider and they have a special pocket designed specifically to hold the cold compresses. They also have a convenient velcro closure and are reusable. What's great is that they serve the purpose of keeping the cold from direct contact with the skin as recommended and simultaneously hold the cold pack in pace over the injured body part. This is especially convenient if there is more than on injury to attend to, which is not uncommon in contact sports. Hands-free and worry-free... They're awesome.
Whether bone or muscle, the immediate First Responder actions should be the same for these injuries:
I - Immobilize injured area
A- Activate EMS (Call 911)
C- Care for shock
T- Treat secondary injuries
Musculoskeletal Injuries – R.I.C.E.
Head, Neck & Spine Injuries
- Stabilize injured area
- Maintain open airway
- Call 911
( Learn more about Head, Neck and Spinal Injuries )
Splinting is necessary for situations in which the victim must be moved or transported.
Types of Splints
- Anatomic Splint- Body provides support
- Soft Splint- Sling, sheet, towel
- Rigid Splint- Magazine, board, branch
Spring is coming and with it come Sports and outdoor activities... Know the risk of Concussions and Youth Sports as well as Strains and Sprains - but know that Head, Neck and Spinal Injuries are very common injuries when on the field or out adventuring.
When to suspect Head, Neck and Spinal Injuries:
- The Injured person was injured as a result of a fall from greater than standing height.
- The Injured person was involved in a motor-vehicle crash or subjected to another significant force.
- The Injured person is wearing a safety helmet that is broken.
- The Injured person complains of neck or back pain.
- The Injured person feels tingling or weakness in extremities.
- The Injured person is not fully alert.
- The Injured person appears to be frail or over age 65.
- The Child younger than 3 years with evidence of a head or neck injury.
How to care for suspected or known Head, Neck and Spinal Injuries:
- Check to assure the scene is safe for you to enter as a rescuer.
- Check the injured the person for other life-threatening emergencies.
- Get permission to give care if the casualty is a conscious adult.
- Send someone to CALL 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
- Minimize movement.
- Manually support the person’s head as found.
- If the head is sharply turned to one side, DO NOT move it.
Support the head in the position found until advanced medical care arrives.
Dad...what a guy. Father's Day is coming up on June 21st (Which also happens to be the first day of summer this year.)
Wikipedia describes Father's Day as:
Father's Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Many countries celebrate it on the third Sunday of June, though it is also celebrated widely on other days by many other countries.
Realistically, Father's Day was sort of a "guilt gift" (like buying your significant other something useless to justify your own shopping spree) to balance out the much older and more celebrated Mother's Day celebrations. Historically, in 1910, a Father's Day celebration was held in Spokane, Washington, at the YMCA by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas. Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there.
Who's your Daddy? Got a gift for him? We do! What is he into? We have great gifts for Outdoor & Camping, Car & Auto, Sports, Construction, Boating, Hunting & Fishing, and more! Get Dad something more useful this year than a Beavis and Butthead necktie... But if you do want something silly, check out our Bigfoot, Shakespearean Insult, Underpants, Tattoo, and other crazy bandages.
As we draw toward the end of Spring focus on Swimming Pool Safety and the closure of Healthy and Safe Swimming Week, we want to remind you of another great free government source of Swimming Pool Safety information...
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. In addition to Pool and Spa Safety, the CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard.
Learn how simple safety steps save lives in and around pools and spas.
- Swimming and Drowning concerns at the Pool & Beyond
- Avoiding Injuries in and around Swimming Pools
- Swimming Pool Safety – Make a Healthy Splash!
- Healthy Swimming / Recreational Water
Parents and families can build on their current safety systems at pools and spas by adopting additional water safety steps. Adding as many proven water safety steps as possible is the best way to assure a safe and fun experience, because you can never know which one might save a child’s life—until it does.
- Never leave a child unattended in a pool or spa and always watch your child when he or she is in or near water
- Teach children basic water safety tips
- Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments
- Have a telephone close by when you or your family is using a pool or spa
- If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first
- Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors
- Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim
- Learn to perform CPR on children and adults, and update those skills regularly
- Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency
- Install a four-foot or taller fence around the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates; ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools.
- Install and use a lockable safety cover on your spa.
- If your house serves as a fourth side of a fence around a pool, install door alarms and always use them. For additional protection, install window guards on windows facing pools or spas.
- Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when children go near the water
- Ensure any pool and spa you use has compliant drain covers, and ask your pool service provider if you do not know
- Maintain pool and spa covers in good working order
- Consider using a surface wave or underwater alarm
Healthy and Safe Swimming Week is a Spring safety initiative that has been going on since 2003. Formerly known as Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week, the focus is on all sorts of safety around man-made water, but this year the focus is on what is in the water that can get into you and your kids.
Pools, waterparks, hot tubs/spas, splash pads, and water playgrounds are great places to have fun, be active, or just relax. Having fun while you swim this summer means knowing how to stay healthy and safe while enjoying the water!
Swimming is one of the most popular sports activities in the United States.1 And just 2.5 hours of water-based (or other forms of) physical activity per week has health benefits, we each need to do our part to minimize the risk of illness and injury.
May 18–24, 2015, the week before Memorial Day, marks the eleventh annual Healthy and Safe Swimming Week (formerly Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week).
Swimming and other water-related activities are excellent ways to get the physical activity and health benefits needed for a healthy life. Americans swim hundreds of millions of times in pools, oceans, lakes, rivers, and hot tubs/spas each year and most people have a safe and healthy time enjoying the water. However, it is important to be aware of ways to prevent recreational water illnesses (RWIs), sunburn, and drowning that can occur. CDC's Healthy Swimming Program and website, launched in 2001, provides information for the public, public health and medical professionals, and aquatics staff so everyone can maximize the health benefits of swimming while minimizing the risk of illness and injury.
Make a Healthy Splash: Share the Fun, Not the Germs
Healthy and Safe Swimming Week 2015 focuses on how swimmers, parents of young swimmers, aquatics and beach staff, residential pool owners, and public health officials can minimize the risk of recreational water illnesses (RWIs).
RWIs can be caused by germs spread by swallowing, breathing in mists or aerosols of, or having contact with contaminated water in swimming pools, hot tubs/spas, water playgrounds, lakes, rivers, or oceans. RWIs can be a wide variety of infections, including gastrointestinal, skin, ear, respiratory, eye, neurologic, and wound infections.
Most outbreaks linked to the water we swim, relax, and play in are outbreaks of diarrhea. These outbreaks are caused by germs like Crypto (short for Cryptosporidium), Giardia, Shigella, norovirus, and E. coli O157:H7.
These germs—sometimes millions at a time—can spread when someone who is sick has diarrhea in the water. Other people can get sick if they swallow the germy water—even just a mouthful.
Pool chemicals, like chlorine or bromine, are added to the water to kill germs. But they don't work right away. If used properly, they can kill most germs within a few minutes. However, some germs, like Crypto can live in properly treated pool water for several days.
The job of pool chemicals is to kill germs. But when pee, poop, sweat, and dirt rinse off our bodies and into the water, the chemicals break down these other things instead of killing germs. This uses up the chemicals' power, which means there's less to kill germs.
Remember, we share the water—and the germs in it—with everyone. To help protect yourself, your family, and your friends from germs, follow these easy and effective steps each time you get in the water:
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