Opening Day For Baseball And The Pulse Oximeter

Fans all over the USA, and the world, for that matter are receiving their baseball gear prepared and have their tickets for matches in hand.  Spring training finished with not much drama, and it is a good thing because it means players weren't traded or hurt.  America is a baseball fanatic.  With over a hundred games a year per group, millions annually flock to the stadiums and watch the game they grew up with.  You can see parents with their parents teaching them the basic rules of this game, while also getting them to become lovers of the teams.  It'd be safe to say that baseball is a family gathering occasion.  It has been for years, and will continue to be extended after our lifetimes.


Individuals, who didn't grow up with the game, are always perplexed at how slow of a match it is compared to football.  Soccer is easily the most popular game in the world, and is constant drama for 2 45-minute halves.  Baseball on the other hand sees all its action on the mound and the batter's box, while players on the field are awaiting the drama to unfold.  In fact, yes it is a slower game than others, but baseball relies on reaction times of its players.  A baseball player must respond within seconds to hit a ball, catch you, or toss the ball.  In addition to that, baseball is played largely outdoors throughout the growling summer months.

As it is played outdoors in the summer months, the health of its players must be carefully tracked by the team physicians and trainers.  Matters like dehydration and even deficiency of oxygen taken into the body might be health related risks.  The pulse oximeter has been added to the tool box of major league coaches for most teams.  A pulse oximeter, also known as a pulse ox by several medical specialists, is a medical instrument used to assess the blood oxygen saturation and pulse rate of a person.  In lament terms, it decides how effective the body is processing oxygen taken in.  This has proved to be a very important health factor to monitor for both baseball players.  A baseball player, who's always in the heat and hammering themselves for hours at a time, could be at risk for deficiency of oxygen.  Because of this, trainers now monitor their oxygen levels in the dugouts.

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