Giving Exercise A Black Eye

What in the world happened to Harry Reid?

The Senate’s Minority Leader didn’t appear on Capitol Hill for the opening of the new Congress because he was staying at home on doctor’s orders.  He did release a video, however, that showed that he had suffered extensive facial trauma.   A spokesman said Reid had  sustained broken ribs, broken facial bones, and a concussion; Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, who met with Reid, said the injuries Reid suffered were like those of a passenger who went face first through the windshield in a car accident.  Yikes!

A statement released by Reid’s office said he was exercising at home when a piece of equipment that he was using to exercise broke.  The New York Times reports that Reid was using a rubber exercise band that snapped, hit him, and caused him to fall.  It makes you wonder precisely what the circumstances of the injury were and whether Senator Reid had been properly instructed on how, and where, to use such a band.  Resistance bands typically are used to try to increase the strength of specific muscles as part of a rehabilitation program, and aren’t viewed as highly dangerous potential projectiles.

After seeing the aftermath of Senator’s Reid’s incident, I think I’ll just stick to walking.