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Old 02-26-2015, 03:46 PM #1
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Injuries - How they happen and How to prevent them

We see a lot of injuries in paintball. Most are minor, like a bruise from being shot. But some can be pretty awful like broken bones.

Post an injury you have incurred, how it happened, and what you have done to prevent it from happening again.


This happened when I was sliding into a bunker playing woodsball. My shin hit a small hidden stump. I got such a bad gouge because I was only wearing jeans.

It took weeks to heal completely, and three years later you can bet I still have a scar.

I bought paintball pants before the next time I played. I always make sure the pants I buy have long knee pads built in that run all the way down to my ankles. I have slid into a few more stumps, roots, and rocks since then with little more than a bruise or scraped skin.

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Old 02-26-2015, 04:03 PM #2
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I took an arrow to the knee...
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Old 02-26-2015, 07:44 PM #3
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Well I was putting my barrel cover on and next thing you know a ball flies out and hits me point blank in the hand. Left a scar to this day. I just need a pair of gloves and I should be fine.
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Broke my knee cap, I need to remember to ALWAYS wear my knee pads.
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Old 02-27-2015, 07:15 AM #5
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I took an arrow to the knee...
This is why I keep telling fields just because we wear pads does not mean they can hold archery tournaments on the next field over.

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Well I was putting my barrel cover on and next thing you know a ball flies out and hits me point blank in the hand. Left a scar to this day. I just need a pair of gloves and I should be fine.
I always turn my gun off before I put the barrel cover on. I have never shot myself in the hand, but I have a habit of shooting a ball with the cover on.

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Broke my knee cap, I need to remember to ALWAYS wear my knee pads.
If I forget knee pads I either buy new ones at the field or focus on not sliding all day.
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Old 02-28-2015, 01:26 AM #6
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Broke a toe running up a hill.... I dont even know how I did it might of stubed it on a rock or a hole..so look where you run I guess
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Recently tore my MCL from making very sudden, planting stops at the end of breakouts (this has also happened to numerous friends of mine in other sports, same reason). Planting your foot to stop is not the best idea, and when I get back to it I'll be sure to work on the "shuffle stop". Instead of putting a massive amount of pressure on one foot to stop yourself, breakdown like a wide receiver making a cut- many small jabs.
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I always turn my gun off before I put the barrel cover on. I have never shot myself in the hand, but I have a habit of shooting a ball with the cover on.*
Mechanical gun. Also it was because the air tank was making that machine gun noise and so I was putting my barrel cover on and it make the sound a second time and that shot me.
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Back in 08 playing a 24 hour game, I slid and slammed my left knee into a rock hidden by the leaves. Thankfully the paintball pants I was wearing (Diablo D13) had some built in padding. As I was in game mode it didn't register that I had an injury. So I kept playing the rest of the weekend, my left leg would give out on me and I would tumble.

Now my knee clicks at me if I move it at its maximum range of motion and starts to ping me during strenuous activities.

My wife wears Knee and shin pads in addition to her padded paintball pants. kinda jelly
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Old 02-28-2015, 11:32 PM #10
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Took a nasty dive over a snake pin a few years ago. Full superman. My legs hit the pin first, tossing them up, and my face down. My arms hit first, at a terrible angle. Needless to say I didn't slide....more like planted. Right arm was forced up and back, Dislocating my shoulder (more like a sublux) but none the less...it came out of place. This caused a bit of a tear. ALOT of swelling, and the inability to use my right arm for about a week. I also smashed my face into the ground...that was pleasant. I rolled, and the guy in the corner bunker gave me about 10-15, before he realize what happened.

This is the worst injury I've had. A few sprained/rolled ankles, Sore muscles. I usually have soreness in the groin area after a hard day of play.
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I am incredibly thankful to have never shot myself accidentally. I owe this fact to having tried airsoft before paintball. I will never forget having an airsoft pistol, looking down the barrel (god only knows why I would be so daft), and shooting myself pointblank in the forehead. From that point onward, I treat any air guns like I would treat any gun. Finger off the trigger when I don't want to shoot. Barrel points at the ground at all times save for when I'm on the field. Safety stays on anytime that I don't specifically want to shoot. Etc. If an airsoft BB at 200 fps or so hurt like hell, I dread to think what a paintball at 300 fps would do if I shot myself in the face. I'm really glad I learned my lesson without causing any permanent damage.
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I am incredibly thankful to have never shot myself accidentally. I owe this fact to having tried airsoft before paintball. I will never forget having an airsoft pistol, looking down the barrel (god only knows why I would be so daft), and shooting myself pointblank in the forehead. From that point onward, I treat any air guns like I would treat any gun. Finger off the trigger when I don't want to shoot. Barrel points at the ground at all times save for when I'm on the field. Safety stays on anytime that I don't specifically want to shoot. Etc. If an airsoft BB at 200 fps or so hurt like hell, I dread to think what a paintball at 300 fps would do if I shot myself in the face. I'm really glad I learned my lesson without causing any permanent damage.
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