High schooler impaled by javelin

Doctor Q

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KALAMA, Wash. -- A javelin impaled a 12th-grader during track practice. One of Dodson's friends snapped a photo of the javelin impaling him, but Dodson says that he was in shock and he did not feel any pain. "[It] felt weird and exciting at the same time," said Dodson. Minutes later, a seventh-grader was hit in the head by a shot put.
Reports from the hospital are that both kids will be OK. I wouldn't be surprised if the parents at that school have a few questions for the coaches who were there "supervising".
 

wdlove

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My prayers are with both victims and their families. Very happy to hear that they are stable. Sounds like a freak accident.

[It]felt weird and exciting at the same time," said Dodson. Not at all surprised by the comment. Personal experience and other anecdotal experience also confirms this. The body goes into shock mode with adrenalin pumping.
 

zelmo

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I was pulling darts out of my board once and turned around to see my girlfriend throwing one. :eek: It stuck in my shoulder, I pulled it out, drank some more beer, and we carrried on. Hurt a little the next day, but that was about it.

I imagine this hurts a little more than a dart, though. :rolleyes:
 

ham_man

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Incidents like these are why javelin events are not too big in high school competition, at least in the Cen-Tex area...
 

puckhead193

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this goes to show you that playing football or hockey isn't that dangerous :rolleyes: ;)
Also where the hell were the coaches? :eek:
 

FoxyKaye

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So I'm really glad the kid's going to be OK. And, I hope he recovers fine.

But aren't you just a bit curious to see the photo his friend took? Just a little? And by the way, if I was impaled with anything and one of my friends' first reaction was to snap a photo, I don't know if I'd be really ticked off or just outrageously amused...

OK, so I really want to see the photo. :D
 

pubwvj

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There was a similar incident with a girl getting impaled in the back with a javlin at a high school in our area. Javlin catching is not for the faint of heart. She recovered and is okay now. They blamed it on the wind but I sez people weren't playing safe. Naughty, naughty...
 

emw

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pivo6 said:
I hope you're joking. He's had the avatar for over a year, and it's from a movie.
Yes, I'm joking. I had just finished reading one of his posts when I picked up on this one, so it was fresh in my mind. And appropriate.
 

Chubypig

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FoxyKaye said:
So I'm really glad the kid's going to be OK. And, I hope he recovers fine.

But aren't you just a bit curious to see the photo his friend took? Just a little? And by the way, if I was impaled with anything and one of my friends' first reaction was to snap a photo, I don't know if I'd be really ticked off or just outrageously amused...

OK, so I really want to see the photo. :D
Click the link for the article...
 

bousozoku

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I've watched the guys with the discus on the edge of the girls lacrosse field. It just seems too easy for them to lose control and hurt someone.

Hope that they decide on better safety standards.
 

PlaceofDis

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wow, glad to hear that the kid is okay....i guess this is why its not a huge sport though huh?
 

Lacero

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School athletic events always has accidental moments. I once went golfing, and the golf ball hit a school mate right on the head. When the golf ball hit her head, it made a cracking sound. I didn't know if it was the ball or her skull.
 

mad jew

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I saw someone back at school get a shotput to the head. That really hurt but I can't imagine how much worse a javelin would be...

Me? I just stick to track events. ;)