Sunday, October 19, 2008

ONU Dodgeball, Public Enemy # 1

Today, while reading the Ohio Northern University student handbook, I came across some shocking information.

Included on pg. 18 in the list of actions that can create a safety hazard, right after bomb threats, is dodgeball...

So I started to wonder, how many injuries really do result from dodgeball each year? My initial suspicion is alot; otherwise, why would ONU ban such a classic "sport?"

Fortunately, to my benefit, I found out that the Canadians keep careful records on this type of important information.

According to a Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program (CHIRP) 2000-2002 survey, 646 of 47,484 or 1.4 percent of patients surveyed were treated for dodgeball related injuries.

Doesn't seem like much, right? Wrong. Dodgeball injuries surpass those of seemingly more aggressive sports like floor hockey, lacrosse and field hockey.

With statistics like these at hand I can no longer question the logic of Ohio Northern's executive staff.

Let this be a warning to any and all hooligans at ONU trying to play dodgeball. Thanks ONU, you always have my best interests at heart.


CaseyDee said...

wow, jay... just wow.

Madison said...

When you told me about this I laughed. Now it is sinking in. People really do worry too much, and those poeople generally have too much time on their hands. That's why we end up with state laws like in Ohio it is illegal to fish for whales on Sunday.

j-vaidya said...

Who would have thought dodgeball was such a deceptively dangerous sport?

Although, I should have known. When I was in 1st (maybe 3rd?) grade I received a concussion by tripping and taking a header while playing dodgeball.

Elementality: Evan's PR blog entries said...

LOL Jay this is hilarious, who sits and reads the student handbook??? I think its amazing also to note that Dodgeball is second in severity only to Bomb Threats lol smh some people