The Embarassing Way Young Men End up in the ER

The Embarassing Way Young Men End up in the ER
 

Ever hit the, er, wrong balls with your baseball bat? Do an Olympic-worthy split dismount onto the crossbar of your mountain bike? Apparently, you’re not alone.

According to a new study, published in The Journal of Urology, more than a third of the people treated for “genitourinary” injuries (that is: anything that involves the genitals, urinary tract, and kidneys) in emergency rooms during the years 2002-2008 were young men between the ages of 18-28.

What’s more: those guys tended to hurt themselves most often in sporting accidents. Oof. So let’s take a look at the most common causes, in order, shall we?

  • Bicycles
  • Razors, scissors and clippers
  • Zipper injuries
  • Bathroom falls and mishaps
  • Basketball equipment
  • Baseball and softball equipment
  • Skiing and snowboarding equipment

The good news is that 90 percent of you were treated and released, but if you want to keep your ER record clear, researchers have a few simple recommendations. Oops-proof your sporting goods (might we recommend padding on your bike rail?), invest in a slip-free bath mat…and please, please learn some safe techniques for grooming your hair down there. (Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.)