To the Editor:
After picking up three medals in June at Senior Olympics, I came home and sustained a fracture while trimming my hanging plants. My biggest adjustment was the limitations that it placed on my physical activities. My family values the benefits of regular exercise, and my husband completed his first Boston Marathon this past April. As a nurse, I have seen the benefits of regular exercise, but it must be done in a safe manner.
The picture on the cover of your July 1997 issue disturbed me greatly. No safety equipment is being used and the gentleman is shown supporting the lady while having only one foot on the ground. It would make an excellent visual aide for teaching what not to do!
Faith R. Borden, RN, C, MA, BSN
The picture focuses on regular exercise and physical activity. While the woman pictured is not wearing safety equipment, it communicates the theme of the journal issue, as she is supported by her partner. From your letter it is clear that you. have learned the valuable lesson of using equipment safely. The woman roller skating has a human safety net., but it would be advantageous to wear a helmet and elbow and knee pads. We all need to be aware of injury prevention when beginning any physical task, whether that is provided by equipment or a helpful panner. Thank you for taking the time to promote exercise and safety to our readers.
Richard Barry, MDrV, AItS
Virginia Bmggraf, RN, C, MSN
American Nurses Association,