Gut Rumbles

August 20, 2005

It happens

When I was playing sports, something just like this happened to four different people that I knew. I wasn't there to see it happen, but they just upped and died at a practice or in the middle of a game.

All four guys appeared to be healthy and in excellent shape--- until they keeled over dead. It's strange how that happens sometimes.

Hell... life is strange.


Just goes to show how deadly bad for you exercise is. I mean yeah, most people can exercise all their life and never have this happen to them. They say it makes them feel better, and they can point to how many people live to an old age, having exercised all their life.

But let's face it--exercise stinks! I mean who really wants to be around someone who just got done running three miles or doing 45 minutes of aerobics or weightlifting? Smelly, stinking, puking habit!!

And think of the children! If we can save just ONE CHILD by banning exercise, it will have been worth it!

Posted by: Desert Cat on August 20, 2005 11:10 AM

Remember what happened to Jim Fixx?

Posted by: Acidman on August 20, 2005 11:45 AM

Generally when someone drops like that, it was because they had something wrong with their hearts that went undetected. And yeah that was Fixx's problem too. The one who doesn't fit into that category was that baseball player who they said died from taking ephedrine. I call bullshit on that, he died of stupidity. He was overweight, out of shape. Was trying to lose weight. Hadn't eaten in a couple of days. Was wearing 2-3 layers of clothes and then was going out to practice in 90+ heat and not keeping himself hydrated. When he dropped his core temperature was 106 degrees. But because he took a larger then recommended dose of ephedra at the time of his death, they blamed that. Just pure stupidity.

Posted by: RayH on August 20, 2005 01:52 PM

When I was in middle school a kid did a chest trap on a soccerball that I kicked and dropped dead. I've seen this happen three times in the twenty-odd years since, last time in 2000 at a little league game when a first baseman got hit right on the sternum with a line drive.

It's different than what you were posting about, this is called Commotio Cordis and it is a very common occurrance in adolescent boys active in sports. I kinda developed a morbid interest in it after the incedent when I was a kid. Still interested now that I have four boys.

Posted by: Terry on August 20, 2005 02:16 PM
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