NOT Sports Medicine

I don’t think any of us in sports medicine got into the field expecting to be involved in an event like that which transpired in Boston yesterday.


Map of Boston Bombings

Like many people around the world, I became riveted to TV, internet newsfeeds, and Social Media yesterday as I tried to make sense of what was occurring in Boston:  at 2:50 p.m., a little over four hours after the start of the Boston Marathon, two bombs exploded near the finish line, creating a chaotic scene resulting at this moment in three deaths and over 100 casualties.  A scene of sporting joy and celebration had been turned into mayhem.

In the days ahead and as the investigation into this event unfolds, we will likely learn ‘who’ was behind this and for what supposed purpose.   It is my hope that ‘they’ become a footnote in history, and that instead the names of the victims and the athletes and the first responders persist in memory.

Boston has played a big part in my life.  I went to university and medical school in Boston, and all told have lived about a dozen years of my life in that city.  When you live there, the Boston Marathon becomes part of the background of your life.  Read more of this post

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