The Importance of Wearing Protective Gear
I work with a really great lady named Jess, who last summer was getting up before work and roller blading. I admire her ambition as some mornings I feel like it takes all my efforts to make sure my children have their teeth brushed before I rush out the door. Anyway, one morning I get a text message from her with this picture:
Yikes. This is what happens when you have a fight with the concrete without wearing any knee pads. She also tore a ligament in her elbow as she tried to break her fall first with an outstretched left arm. Luckily nothing was broken, but her skin would have been better off if she would wear protective gear. Instead she missed work because she couldn’t walk and spent a good part of June avoiding time in the water and other great Minnesota outdoor summer activities due to this wound healing.
Most people automatically put on a helmet when they bike. Rollerblading has its own protective gear for people to wear (knee, wrist, elbow) and I would encourage any of you out there who read this and rollerblade to wear the appropriate gear. Think of poor Jess’s knee and what might happen if you don’t.
Do you have stories or pictures about your sports injuries? Feel free to share!