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Exhibit No. 1,452,198 Of How We Are Raising A Generation Of Complete Pansies

A new terrifying menace in our public schools has been identified which, if left unchecked, is certain to wreak havoc on the health and safety of our nation’s youth:

No, not bullying. No, not sexting. And no, it’s not paint huffing. Those are, in a word, child’s play compared to the dangers associated with this particular treacherous activity which is done daily on the playgrounds and gymnasiums all over this great country. And get this: not only do school administrators turn a blind eye to the fact that these heinous acts are being committed on school grounds, the activity is actually being condoned by our flawed and reckless physical education system:

Modified Tee Ball. GAH!

Won’t somebody think of the children?

Here’s the gist: Tyler Strickland, a 14-year-old student at Twin Rivers Middle School in the Atlanta area, who is described in the article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as “wiry” and characterized as “more artistic than athletic,” suffered a shoulder injury while playing a bastardized form of tee-ball during gym class where participants hit a semi-deflated volleyball off a traffic cone. Strickland suffered two tendon tears in his shoulder, which was partially dislocated and three staples were needed to reattach his bicep muscles. All because he swung a wooden bat at a volleyball.

As a result of Tyler’s injuries, his parents would like to see the activity banned before another “wiry,” “more artistic than athletic” student suffers the same fate as their son.

“I believe it was an idiotic thing to ask kids to do,” said the teen’s stepfather, Ken Gittens, a veteran Gwinnett firefighter. “For any action there is an equal and opposite reaction. It would be just common sense that if you whack a volleyball as hard as you can, the bat is going to bounce back and you are probably going to get hurt. Someone who has gone to college should know better.”

Indeed. Although one would suspect that gym teachers in this country would have received only the finest education in the Physical Education Arts, sometimes some bad seeds get through and actually expect kids to participate in a moderately strenuous activity which requires some semblance of physical exertion. Crazy stuff.

Now, first things first: I am in no way condemning the “wiry” lad for his injury nor am I insinuating that young Tyler did not get hurt, but he was hitting a damn volleyball off a traffic cone. It should be noted that there have been reports of four other injuries over the past two years involving this activity, but even if a few kids got injured while participating in what by all accounts should be a relatively benign activity, so be it. Let’s face facts, these kids must be made out of porcelain or something. Does that mean ably-bodied kids should be prevented from participating in swinging a friggin’ bat in gym class? Should we ban any activity where there is a potential for injuries?

“I’m not sure I’d indict the act,”  said Dr. Scott Gillogly of Atlanta Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, head team physician for the Falcons and Atlanta Thrashers. “This can happen in any sport. It can happen goofing around. You can recover pretty darn well.”

Well put. Dr. Gillogly. But great googly moogly, what about poor Tyler?

As Tyler recovers, he has to sleep sitting up. His mobility is limited and so is his summer fun.

“I have to help him wash his hair and get dressed,” Jill Gittens said. “Tyler has had to endure something he should not have had to endure at 14 years of age. He lost out on summer.”

/world’s smallest violin

Jesus. Will Tyler ever recover from the traumatic experience of having his arm in a sling for the summer? If his parents don’t get him in crisis counseling quickly, this could develop into a full-fledged case of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Here’s the deal: fair or not, the kid got hurt because he’s obviously soft. Perhaps if we didn’t shelter these kids from everything that could possibly hurt them, maybe Tyler wouldn’t be in this predicament. If Tyler’s folks want to keep him out of activities where he might get an owie, that’s their prerogative. Just don’t attempt to remove any risk of injury inherent to almost any physical activity and ruin it for all the other kids who have parents who would prefer it if their kids did not turn out to be total wussies.

Just saying.

(thanks, Upstate Underdog)

Parents want to see Gwinnett schools gym activity banned after son’s shoulder injury [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]