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  The Dark Side of Being a Sports Mascot
Posted by Jack Mingo on 2001/05/31 13:14:30 GMT-4

Take it from the folks inside those huge, fuzzy heads and big, floppy feet: Prancing around at ball games in furry costumes is not only hot work, it's dangerous. More than half of the 48 professional sports mascots who responded to a Johns Hopkins University survey said they had suffered heat-related illnesses from performing. Many also reported injuries ranging from serious knee damage to lower back pain. One mascot was hit by a camera-lift truck and hurt his knee. Another one was tackled by a football player during a game and broke his thumb. One was struck by a player swinging a bat in the on-deck circle during the Little League World Series. To see the full story:http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2001/05/30/national0113EDT0411.DTL&nl=fix

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