Tongue Piercing and Associated Jewelry (fwd)
Bob Everson (everson@ADDL.PURDUE.EDU)
Fri, 3 Oct 1997 09:21:43 -0500
This note just appeared on SAFETY- a list of over 2000 safety
professionals. For a minute, I thought it was scouts-l. :-)
I received a request for information from a high school teacher who
supervises junior varsity cheerleaders:
The school restricts the wearing of jewelry during sports, etc. because the
items may catch on someone or something else and cause an injury. However,
some of the cheerleaders have pierced tongues and miniature barbell type
jewelry inserted. They (the cheerleaders) assert that the items are not
exposed, can't get caught on anything, and are not a safety hazard during
their cheerleading activities. Infection from the initial procedure does
not appear to be an issue.
Does anyone know of incidents where injuries have occurred because of
wearing this type of jewelry? Is there a source of data on this subject?
Are there other considerations that need to be addressed?
Thanks in advance.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City