Sure I Cut Off My Finger, But The ER Can Wait Until After The 9th Inning
from the priorities,-people,-priorities! dept
It's coming down to the final week of a fairly exciting baseball season, with very little certain about who will still be playing a week from now. Would you believe that may be good news for emergency room physicians? They might want to kick back and relax (at least in cities where teams are still in the pennant race), as new research suggests that emergency room visits drop during important baseball games. Similar research has suggested the same thing about the Super Bowl. Of course, it's not entirely clear (at least from this article) if it's just people delaying going to the ER (so, immediately following the games there would be a rush), or if they just don't go at all. In either case, if it's people who really need to be helped in an emergency situation, it would seem like this is actually a fairly unhealthy decision... On the other hand, if it turns out that people actually are healthier while watching games (perhaps they're not out getting into other trouble), then plenty sports fans now have a very good excuse for telling (perhaps) a complaining significant other why they need to plant themselves on the couch for a few hours to tune into the latest plays by the home nine.