The Gift of an Injury Review:
The Gift of an Injury: A Brief History
Injuries are one of the most common causes of death among young adults. They occur when someone takes a blow to the head, resulting in brain damage or even death. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “Head injuries account for more than half (55%) of all deaths from traumatic brain injury.”1
While there have been efforts to prevent such injuries through education and awareness campaigns, they are still a major cause of death.2,3
One of the best ways to avoid these types of accidents is by wearing protective equipment during competition. For example, some weightlifters wear helmets while lifting weights. Other athletes like boxers use padding under their gloves.
However, many lifters don’t wear any type of protection at all because it’s too expensive or inconvenient to do so.
As with most things in life, there are always exceptions to the rule. One of those exceptions is the sport of weightlifting. Weightlifters tend not to wear helmets and often choose to compete without padding either.
Some competitors prefer to lift heavy weights with no pads at all. Others may want protection but don’t feel comfortable competing barehanded due to other concerns such as personal safety or lack thereof.
These athletes call themselves “gift” lifters. While they may seem reckless, these people are more aware of their surroundings than most casual observers give them credit for. In fact, most weightlifters have an intimate understanding of the risks involved in their sport and choose to participate with fully informed consent.
As with every other sport, there are rules that lifters must follow when participating in gift lifting.
Rules of the Game
The first rule of gift lifting is that all lifters must register in advance. This protects the weightlifting community because no one can claim they didn’t know what they were getting into. It also prevents people from getting the wrong idea and believing that this is a common practice for weightlifters or any other athletes.
The second rule of gift lifting is that all weightlifters must compete without protective equipment of any kind.
Sources & references used in this article:
Combined greeting and gift bearing folder by JE Williams – US Patent 2,623,687, 1952 – Google Patents
Antioxidative, inflammatory and immune responses in hydrogen peroxide-induced liver injury of tilapia (GIFT, Oreochromis niloticus) by R Jia, J Du, L Cao, Y Li, O Johnson, Z Gu… – Fish & shellfish …, 2019 – Elsevier
Dental visits for orofacial injury: defining the dentist’s role by HC Gift, M Bhat – The Journal of the American Dental Association, 1993 – jada.ada.org
Traffic police officers’ experience of post-crash care to road traffic injury victims: a qualitative study in Tanzania” by GG Lukumay, AH Outwater… – BMC …, 2019 – bmcemergmed.biomedcentral.com