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There is no question that soccer is becoming more popular with both kids and adults throughout the U.S.  However, you may have noticed that a game known as “bubble soccer” is also starting to gain traction.

soccer-net-1504723Like the inflatable sumo wrestling that reached its peak of popularity several years ago, bubble soccer also involves the participants getting inside and over-sized inflatable suit.  Instead of looking like a sumo wrestler, the players are in large plastic bubbles with only their legs sticking out so they can run around.  These soccer bubbles are designed so the participant’s breathing is not restricted, and the game looks like a lot of fun.  It is especially popular at carnivals and parties. Continue reading

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Skiing and snowboarding can be a lot of fun.  There are a lot of people who take to the slopes in Massachusetts and throughout New England each year.  However, while there are good times to be had, these winter sports can result in serious injury or death.

457973__1According to a recent news feature from CBS News, one snowboarder who was involved in a serious accident has decided to help brain injury victims cope with the many changes they will be facing as result of suffering a traumatic brain injury. Continue reading

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Tree work is among the most dangerous occupations in the United States.  Those involved in the business are constantly climbing trees (arborists), using bucket lifts, working with dangerous power tools and engaging in many other activities that can result in a serious personal injury.  However, some of their activities are not only dangerous to workers, but can be dangerous to those around the job site as well, such as homeowners and their children.

stump-1538702Among the most dangerous jobs is trimming trees and taking them down entirely.  When trimming a tree, a worker will use a wood chipper that be extremely dangerous.  Another piece of equipment that can result in serious personal injury is a stump grinder.  When someone cuts down a dead or unwanted tree, they can only cut so close to the ground with a chainsaw.  This means that the stump will still be there.  This is a problem for many reasons.  Continue reading

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According to a recent news feature from FOX, at least eight people are dead and another 44 people suffered varying degrees of personal injury when a tour bus on a casino trip was involved in a rollover accident.

babel-movie-1359973Authorities say the bus operator was driving at highway speeds on Interstate 83 in Texas when he lost control of his commercial motor vehicle.  After losing control, the bus veered off course and then violently rolled over.  The driver was among the survivors of this horrific traffic accident. Continue reading

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While many enjoy fireworks as part of a professional display while listening to patriotic music, as played by the Boston Pops on the Charles River Esplanade, some prefer to drive to states where they can legally buy any type of fireworks and bring them back to Massachusetts for an amateur display.  While this may be fun, it is likely illegal and can be very dangerous.

fuego-1178889-300x225To add to the potential peril, it seems that many states are relaxing their fireworks laws and allowing the sale of pyrotechnics that were never before allowed to be sold without a license. These include mortar shells typically used in professional displays.  While these “consumer” mortars are much smaller than the ones use in a professional show, they are still very dangerous to those who are not trained in launching pyrotechnics displays. Continue reading

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Anyone who been to Boston and spent time seeing the city has probably seen the Duck Boats giving tours around the streets and in the Charles River. The Duck Boats are salvaged United States Army amphibious assault craft developed for use in World War II.  The boats were official called DUKWs, but were commonly referred to as “Ducks” or “Duck Boats.”

boston-8-1564748These boats are designed so they can drive on the street like a troop transport truck, and then the driver can get out and lock the hubs, similar to how an old Jeep would get into four wheel drive.  Once the hubs are locked, the vehicle could drive into the water and a propeller would drive the boat forward.  The United States military ordered thousands of them for service during the war.  Continue reading

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According to a recent news feature from WOWT, an 11-year-old girl was on a ride in a carnival in Nebraska and suffered a severe personal injury.  Authorities say the young victim was on a ride known as the “King’s Clown.”  This was a spinning ride, and the trouble started when her long hair managed to get caught in the ride machinery as they were spinning around.  This carnival was being held as a Cinco de Mayo event.

carnival-1468202One witness, a friend of the victim, said her hair was very long and got tangled as they started spinning.  She said she saw what was happening but there was nothing she could do to help the girl, so she stood up and started yelling to “Stop the freaking ride!”  While the ride operator allegedly did not stop the spinning ride, a witness said that another child’s mom saw what was happening and ran up to the control panel and the emergency stop button, which brought the King’s Clown to a quick halt.  Continue reading

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According to a recent news article from KIVA, a 16-year-old victim was killed at a local fair when she was thrown from a carnival ride.  Authorities have said the victim was at a Church Carnival with two of her friends riding a ride know as the “Sizzler,” which is ride that spins the occupants around at relatively high speeds.carnival

While they were on the ride, there was a malfunction of some kind, and the victim and one of the girls she was with were thrown from the ride. When she was ejected from the ride, she slammed her head into a metal support beam and died as a result of her injury. Continue reading

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In the past 10 to 15 years, doctors and researchers have made a lot of progress in treating traumatic brain injury.  One of the main reasons for this was because of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Unlike in previous wars in which the United States has been engaged, our military had the technology to get wounded soldiers, sailors, and civilians off the battlefield and to a medical treatment facility, despite grievous injuries.

457973__1Much of these medical evacuations from the battlefield were due to the brave and amazing work of United States Air Force Pararescue Jumpers (PJs) and their counterparts in other branches of the military.  In the past, a soldier who suffered a massive head injury was likely given morphine by a medic or hospital corpsman and died on the battlefield. Today, the military is able to get them to a combat support hospital, and then via airlift to a level one trauma center in Germany within a matter of hours.  Continue reading

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There is nothing more tragic than a death of a small child.  The effects on the parents can be so devastating it’s hard to even comprehend what they must be going through following such a tragedy. When the death of a child is alleged to be the result of what is essentially the reckless or intentional actions of another, it would be hard to even express the pain and suffering of the child’s family in words.

1172422_police_on_the_sceneAccording to a recent news feature from the Boston Herald, the defendant who is accused of killing a child at a daycare facility she was operating has decided to speak out in her defense. She is trying to get the charges against her dismissed and said she is still hurting and grieving over the tragic death of a child in her care.  She said she did not do anything that resulted in the death of the infant.  Continue reading