If Your Kids Play Baseball, This Shirt Could Prevent Them From Ending Up In The Hospital
LifeAspire Staff 6/2/2017
Injuries often occur in youth sports; some are minor dings and others unfortunately can be life altering, even fatal. Safety gear is critical, such as football helmets and softball facemasks. But one dad and his son learned the hard way about how important a fairly unknown particular piece of safety equipment happens to be and they want everyone to know about it.
Dad John Curtin was watching his 11-year-old son Ryan on the mound. After he wound up and delivered a solid pitch, the batter nailed "one of the hardest hit line drives." It was headed straight for Ryan.
When a baseball comes spinning off a bat like that, it can be difficult to react quickly. Ryan was caught off guard and took the hit to the middle of the chest. Such a blow can stop a ball player's heart right there on the field.
Fortunately for Ryan, he was wearing a special shirt to protect him that his mom Maria had bought him after reading a story online about a baseball player who also was seriously injured after being hit in the chest by a ball during a game. John still rushed his son to urgent care to have Ryan checked out and blessedly, he was given the all-clear by doctors.
"For all you parents that have children that pitch, do me a favor and run out and buy a heart guard shirt.for your child. My 11-year-old Ryan wears one and it literally might have saved his life today. He was pitching and one of the hardest hit line drives came back and hit him straight dead center in the chest and the heart guard absorbed the hit. He was in a lot of pain but a lot better than the alternative."
John wrote that the opposing team's coach said if Ryan hadn't the heart guard shirt on, the outcome likely would've been different. John advised all parents with kids who pitch to outfit their players with this type of safety gear.
"The other coach is an EMT and said if he didn't have that on that he might have been giving my son CPR. It was one of the scariest moments I ever had with my kids. We are at urgent care getting chest X-rays now. Just some advice. $30 to $50 no brainer."
When the chest sustains a serious blow from a blunt object like a ball, it can cause an interruption in the heart's normal rhythm, which is called commotio cordis. While uncommon--only 224 cases have been reported in the U.S. since 1995--the fatality rate hovers around 65 percent even when CPR or a defibrillator is employed immediately.
Without urgent medical intervention, the fatality rate from such a blow surpasses 80 percent. Most cases can be tracked to baseball games.
John's post has received an astounding reaction from more than 26,000 people and shared almost 107,000 times. Parents, coaches, grandparents and others involved in sports all realize how frightening this type of a scenario can be. Everyone should know about this and properly equip their players to hopefully avoid such an emergency like the one Ryan went through.
Sources: Facebook/John Curtin, Scary Mommy