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Darts 3: Dangerous sports

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63249.  Sat Apr 01, 2006 9:38 am Reply with quote

(NB: this is a supplementary to Darts 1; the question is only included as a guide; I would think it's more likely the information would be used during the chat following Darts 1.)

What are the main dangers of being a dart player?

Liver failure.

Puncture wounds, sprains, strains, and abrasions to the eye.

Statistics released by the Consumer Product Safety Commission in the USA show that in the three and half years up to July 2003, 30 injuries related to darts were reported by participating hospitals.

20 % involved plastic or rubber darts, and 14% involved dartboards rather than darts themselves.

(Note: in the USA, soft-tipped darts are more popular than metal-tipped ones. Very safety-conscious people, the Americans. They also use soft-tipped bullets in a lot of their drive-by shootings.)

One injury covered by the survey occurred when a player slipped on a wet floor in a darts club. Another involved someone injured when they fell out of bed onto a dartboard.

Puncture wounds were the most common type of injury; one in ten reported muscle strains or sprains and another 10% involved “abrasions to the eye.”

A spokesman for the American Darts Organisation said “The fact that a high proportion of the injuries were to minors and occurred at home means there is still a need for education about the proper handling and use of darts to youth participants. This is a goal of the youth programme sponsored by the ADO.“

Links to:
Dangerous sports

Picture ideas:
Question: a Mod wearing a parka with a target on the back.

Darts World, December 2000.

65413.  Fri Apr 14, 2006 7:45 am Reply with quote

Picture researchers looking for strange darts pics might like page 13 of the Daily Telegraph 12 April 2006, which shows a sculpture made of human remains, playing darts.

Frederick The Monk
65453.  Fri Apr 14, 2006 11:04 am Reply with quote

How dare you Sir - that's my best side!


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