Monday, January 28, 2008

Sport Science: Dangers of AFV

Since getting my hi-def TV, two channels I find myself gravitating to are the Travel Channel and National Geographic.

The latter has taken a nice little turn from simply showing far-off lands and saggy, naked aborigines to programs likely to appeal to a more modern television audience.

Last night I happened to catch Sports Science - Cheap Shots: What does a Cheap Shot feel like in Sports?

Here is how the program is described:
There are rules in sports for a reason. And in this episode of Sport Science, we will show you what would happen without them. We will test what the consequences of being hit in the head with a bean ball without a helmet on are. What does getting low blowed in boxing really feel like? And, oh yeah, being hit square in the head with baseball bat or hockey stick really hurts. But that's nothing compared to being hit in the family jewels by a tennis ball traveling 50 MPH. Don't forget to wear a cup!!
Clearly, the nutshots was by far the most amusing and cringe-inducing.

122 featherweight Abner Mares was retained to repeatedly hit a $100k crash-test dummy in the nether region to try to determine just how much injury can be caused.

Mares' blows were recorded as 389 pounds of force. They went so far as to illustrate the scientific effect on digitized computerized testes. Interesting enough, because the testes originally descended from the abdomen, the abs are what sends a warning to the brain and ultimately where the pain is felt. Additionally, spasms in the diaphragm are what causes the wind to be knocked out of the subject. Worst case scenario, the balls get ruptured.

The most famous boxing incident they highlighted was Andrew Golota / Riddick Bowe (see around 3 min mark at your own risk). The program noted you are better off having bowling ball rolled into your nuts than having a boxer tee off below the belt.

Somewhere Vin Di Bona smiles.

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