Re: Reporting on Relative Risk

From: Technotranscendence (
Date: Tue Jul 17 2001 - 22:32:21 MDT

On Tuesday, July 17, 2001 4:51 PM Mike Lorrey wrote:
> > "So, while we lie on the beach this summer doing our own little
> > analysis," Lochhead writes, "we might ponder another useful summer
> > statistic: more people are injured by tennis rackets than by arrows."
> > but there are a lot more tennis players around most of us, these days,
> > archers. -- Daniel Ust]
> I would beg to differ. I suggest you look at some stats first. It
> doesn't matter how many people participate either, it is the accident
> rates that matter.

For once, I'm going to agree with you! I cede the point.:)

> It also follows logically: an archer shoots arrows at a target from
> behind a firing line that is not to be crossed by anyone, while a tennis
> player swings their racket toward another person, with spectators along
> the side.
> Then there is my perrenial favorite: bathtubs versus handguns.... which
> do you think is safer, and which do you think is regulated more in their
> manufacture, sale, and use....

I'm sure it's handguns that are safer. I've fallen a few times in the
bathtub... and know only one or two who have ever been shot at.


Daniel Ust
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