Dec 11

An entrepreneur’s report on protective helmets in baseball

“Get the medics! Get the medics!” Coaches frantically yell as they hurry to the pitcher’s mound in the middle of a baseball game. A pitcher has just been struck in the head with a baseball from a line drive of a powerful swing. With nothing but the cotton fabric hat to protect his head, he suffered a cracked skull and life threatening brain injuries.

This traumatic incident could have been prevented if the player had been wearing special padding inside his baseball cap. In order to protect Major League Baseball pitchers from serious and potentially fatal accidents, they all should be required to wear a protective padding inside their cap.

Over the past few decades, the sport of baseball has evolved with players hitting harder and pitchers throwing faster. Most baseball fans and players would believe that there is no problem with this. However, with an improved game and a faster, more athletic presence, there must be improvements with the safety. All catchers are required to wear protective head gear to shield their head and face from a baseball fouling off a bat.

The reason for these protective devices is because when a ball is fouled off a hitter, it is only a matter of milliseconds that the ball travels from the bat to their face. This leaves essentially no time for the catcher to react.

Without a protective helmet, catchers would sustain serious injuries all the time. The same scenario goes for the umpires positioned just feet behind the catcher behind home base. They also wear a protective mask to shield from the ball. So, how does the catcher and umpire relate to a pitcher standing yards away in the opposite direction?

Although the pitcher is yards away, after the bat initiates contact with the ball, the force of the ball is almost doubled in the opposite direction. This means that if the average pitch is hurled at around 91 miles per hour (mph), that the ball will be propelled in the direction of the swing of the bat in speeds exceeding 150 mph. A ball traveling at this speed can cover 60 feet, six inches (the distance between home plate and the pitchers mound)  in less than 4 tenths of a second (Ellwood, 2012). That is faster than it took you to read the first four words in this sentence.

As a pitcher in this situation, there is no reaction time to move out of the way of a line drive aimed right at your forehead. That being said, there is no safety equipment required to be worn to protect a pitchers head and face.

According to James Weinbaum (2012) on his article published on ESPN’s website, Unequal Technologies’ Company has designed a prototype of a foam padded liner that fits inside a standard baseball cap. The protective liner is 1/8th of an inch thick, weighs less than 5 ounces, and is made of a three layer synthetic composite which includes military grade Kevlar material. The company ensures the padding will greatly reduce the impact of a line driven baseball.

Reports say that there are a few other companies such as EvoShield that are working on similar prototypes. Regardless of which company the League chooses, the added protection to the pitchers could be the difference between a severe brain injury and a mild concussion. With this knowledge, a baseball pitcher will be more comfortable when pitching. Rather than being hesitant and worried about taking a hit off the dome, they can focus on delivering the desired pitch.

In one incident, a high school baseball player was struck in the head with a line drive hit. His injuries were so severe that he went into a coma. Doctors had to remove part of his skull to relieve the swelling of his brain (“Facemasks for Pitchers?” 2010). After weeks of recovery, a debate occurred on the importance of protecting the head of pitchers.

Another college player, Todd Troup, reported a similar story. He spoke with ABC Channel 7 News in San Francisco telling them about his experience getting hit in the head. “And it knocked me out. I was only out for about a minute or so and the team helped me up and off the field and called an ambulance right away. Long story short, I had bleeding on the brain.

I went into surgery for six hours that night and made it through obviously,” said Troup (“Facemasks for Pitchers?” 2010). As said by Steve Henson (2010) “Frederick Mueller, a University of North Carolina professor and chairman of USA Baseball medical/safety advisory committee, said an average of one serious injury or death from high school and college pitchers being struck in the head by line drives has occurred since 1982.”

When asked by FinishUp what his post-college plans were, he responded “no comment”.

The list did not include youth leagues. One might notice that these stories involve amateur baseball players who are not as experienced as Major League Baseball (MLB) players. So, do these accidents happen in the MLB as well? According to James Wagner (2012), “McCarthy, an Oakland Athletics starter, required two hours of surgery after suffering an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture when he was hit on the right side of the head by a line drive while pitching Sept. 5. He is expected to return to the mound next season.

During Game 2 of the World Series, Detroit Tigers starter Doug Fister was also hit on the head with a liner, and he remained in the game to pitch.” Evidence shows that not only is this a threat for amateur pitchers, but even the best, highly trained, most experienced pitchers of the Major Leagues.

It is an accident that has happened, and will undoubtedly continue to occur. Without a logical way to prevent it from happening, the next step to take is to protect the pitcher with safety equipment so that when he does get struck with the ball, the damage is less severe.

In order to protect these vulnerable pitchers, administrators of the Major League Baseball are proposing and discussing to require all pitchers to wear a protective lining inside their caps. Some pitchers have tested these prototypes and claim that the extra padding would be too uncomfortable. But it would only take one accident to happen for a pitcher to quickly change his  mind.

In Weinbaum’s ESPN article (2012), He discussed the matter with former Boston Red Sox pitcher Bryce Florie, who was struck in the face and eye by a liner in 2000. Florie suffered broken bones and retinal damage. “Florie says he’d be in favor of a padded cap as a start and that his episode got him thinking about more drastic protection.

‘The day before I was hit, I’d say no way I’d want to wear a mask. The day after? Yes, I would’ve,’ Florie said.” According to Mike Oliver, executive director of the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment, “The old saw in the industry is a little more (protection) is better than a little less.” (Weinbaum, 2012).

If there can be a design made that is very comfortable for pitchers to wear, to the extent that they might not even realize its presence, requiring all pitchers to wear it would be revolutionary. As said in Steve Henson’s article (2010), “The point isn’t that head injuries to pitchers are widespread, it’s that they are so often catastrophic.”

This supports a great point that although the accidents may not happen a lot compared to other sporting injuries, when they do happen, they are often more severe. A little protection would do a lot of good to protect a pitcher. One might wonder why it has taken this long to even consider protective headwear for MLB pitchers. Just like pest control in Tucson isn’t a requirement, it’s still a good idea and many people do it anyways.

According to James Wagner (2012), Gary Green, the MLB’s medical director said, “Since we started looking at the concussions a few years ago, we’ve actually been talking about this and looking for products. But unfortunately there has not been any product that can withstand the impact at the major league level.

And I think the fact that we’ve had several in the last two years has really given us more impetus to see if we can get this developed quicker.” The MLB needs to make this issue a priority and choose the most comfortable and efficient design as soon as possible.

Baseball officials are hoping to at least have a design available for pitchers before the next season (2013) that would be optional for them to wear (Wagner, 2012).

Overall, with the increased intensity of the game, and the catastrophic injuries that have occurred in the past, Major League Baseball players should be required to wear protective foam to protect their heads. Instead of waiting for another MLB pitcher to be severely injured or killed before changing the safety equipment regulations, the League should implement and require these protective hat liners for pitchers immediately to prevent any more serious injuries.
References

Ellwood, Peter. “Pitching Mechanics and MLB Hitter Reaction Times.” Shutdown Inning. N.p., 3 May 2012. Web. 20 Mar. 2013.

“Facemasks for Pitchers? Accident Ignites Debate.” ABC Channel 7 News. N.p., 18 Mar. 2010. Web. 20 Mar. 2013.

Henson, Steve. “Pitcher head injuries to trigger cry for protection.” YAHOO! Sports. YAHOO!, 28 May 2010. Web. 20 Mar. 2013.

Wagner, James. “MLB seeks head gear that pitchers will be willing to wear.” The Washington Post. N.p., 17 Dec. 2012. Web. 20 Mar. 2013.

Weinbaum, William. “Pitchers to try out padded caps.” ESPN.com. ESPN, 17 Dec. 2012. Web. 20 Mar. 2013.

Sep 18

Systematic Leveraging Using The iPAS2 System

Putting and getting your business online is a must-do moving forward in 2014 and beyond. And there is only one vital, significant method of operation in which you need to implement in order to do that: SYSTEMS.

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Along with utilizing a proven system that gets real results, you need to find a mentor or trainer of sorts who is a qualified expert at helping grow your brand and establish real presence online.

Why Entrepreneurs and Experts Use iPAS 2

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So are question lies within; do you want to become an expert at making money with your business or becoming an affiliate of others?

Becoming an expert at earning legit profits using the internet as a business building tool is not as difficult as you might think. If your thoughts are on a business or career path or even a new idea that you want to implement, then consider using a system to leverage your message!

So, you want to become an expert at making money. In this article we will look at the following topics to get you there:

• What’s necessary for becoming An Expert At Earning Incomes
• Why Mentors Are Essential To Help Speed up Your Results
• Some Easy Ways You Can Become An Expert At Making Money

Using The IPAS2 Marketing Systems for Success

• Becoming An Expert At Making Money – Not What You Thought:

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• Why Mentors Are Essential In Becoming An Expert At Making Money:

There are patterns that successful people follow. This makes them rich and business people often follow formulas to become an expert at making money.

A lot of ways people get rich are with a business of their own, but it is the way they work that makes them successful.

What mentors provide is that route to learning, and a way to grow from that experience that the mentor provides.

Wherever you look, people who become successful have mentors.

Mentors also come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. Think books, education, and a tutor helping you to achievement in your chosen field. There are also personal mentors and these can come from people who are successful in your field.

• Some Elite Ways You Can Become An Certified Expert At Generating Success:

There are several ways people become an expert at making money. Though there are many more ways, I will cover only a few here.

– Real Estate Training Programs

People in real estate are making lots of money. There are also many mentors and information that can help you to also become an expert at making money through Real Estate.

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The internet is now a fact for most people, and many people are making money online. There are also many mentors and information that can help you to also become an expert at making money through the internet.

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Sep 14

How to Start a Blog: Eight Easy Steps to Installation

how-to-install-wordpressGreetings, entrepreneurs.

First, a few assumptions about you…

…let’s assume you’re fired up about starting a blog. You’ve found your passion, created a niche idea on which you can expand for months to come, and you’re motivated by the right reasons:

  • an interest in writing
  • a desire to share your passion with your readers
  • a yearning to help or instruct readers

Now let’s assume you’ve made the wise decision to run a self-hosted blog, and that self-hosted blog is WordPress.

Why?

Because free blog hosts will spray your blog with their ads and you’ll have virtually no control over your own blog insofar as styling, development and monetization go…that’s because when you set up a free blog on someone else’s website (Blogger, for example) you don’t own your own blog. It can be removed at any moment should the real owner decide you posted something they don’t approve of.

WordPress: The Gift To Bloggers Everywhere

Why WordPress? Simple because it’s the biggest and the best. WordPress offers tons of amazingly beautiful themes for styling your blog, hundreds of what they call plug-ins to customize your blog, and it works…really really well. It’s hard to believe it’s free, but it is.

WordPress is also available for installation right through your hosting account where you’re hosting your domain. If all this means nothing to you, a simple tutorial on starting a blog is easy to find online…once you’re chosen and bought your domain and found hosting, come back to this article and you’ll be set to go in about 20 minutes.

Eight Steps to Installing Your WordPress Blog

    1. Log into your cpanel. This is usually access by adding “/cpanel” to your domain like this: www.mydomain.com/cpanel
    2. Find the area of cpanel which offers quick installation of popular software like WordPress. Sometimes it’s called Softaculous or Fantastico or Website Builders. Click on WordPress to begin installing.
    3. Choose New Installation on the screen that pops up.
    4. Choose your domain from the drop-down box next to Install on Domain.
    5. Now you’re choosing where to install WordPress. If you want the blog on a sub-page, type the name of the folder in which you’d like it to be installed. For example, if you choose “writing”, your blog’s address will actually be www.mywebsite.com/writing. If you want your blog to be the main page, however, simply leave the box empty where it’s asking you to Install in Directory.
    6. Admin Access Data. This is where you’ll be choosing your login info for your blog’s admin panel.
    7. Base Configuration. Here the most important part is entering your email address. The rest can be changed from within your blog’s admin panel once you’ve begun.
    8. Click Install WordPress. Then on the next screen hit Finish Installation. Voila…you’re done.

Log in using the info you just entered and get started on your new blog today. Use www.yourwebsite.com/wp-admin as the address for your login, if you chose to install your blog at the “root”, rather than in a sub-folder. It simply couldn’t be any easier to get started blogging.

Good luck. – NRCSNG Community