Good safety habits are best formed in our youth and young people.
Safety is a practice and a habit.
One does NOT buckle their seat belt expecting to have an accident.
One does NOT wear their THUMB-SAVER (tm) expecting to cut off their thumb.
All accidents are not preventable‚ some are.
It is not IF but WHEN will a team roper get their thumb cut off.
THUMB-SAVER is a safety device.
While roping with a THUMB-SAVER many ropers have caught their thumb in the dally, but, NO THUMBS HAVE BEEN SEVERED.
“It will not happen to me”. This is the main objection to using the Thumb-Saver.
Ropers have testified that there is no hindrance or interference when using the Thumb-Saver when worn properly.
Practice on roping the dummy using the Thumb-Saver is recommended before roping steers.
Thumb-Saver expected life:
-4 to 6 months for a roper that ropes 3 to 5 times a week.
-6 months to 1 year for most ropers.
THUMB AMPUTATIONS FROM TEAM ROPING:
Doctors from the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, Health Sciences Center, University of New Mexico, report that thumb injuries during team roping have elements of both, avulsion and crush, resulting in a poor prognosis for re-plantation success. Of the the 15 attempts at re-plantation, only 5 (33%) were successful. In the group of patients younger than 15, the success was 60% and in the group 15 years or older the success was only 20%. (ajs.sagepub.com)
WELL KNOWN TEAM ROPERS WHO HAVE MAJOR THUMB INJURIES AND/OR AMPUTATIONS FROM TEAM ROPING:
Caesar Del a Cruz
Mike Beers and his son, Brandon Beers
"In the last several years there have been literally hundreds of team ropers who have lost or seriously injured their thumb because of the increasing speed of the event. Therefore, this increases the chances of loosing one's thumb”.