Few people would argue that while playing a soccer game on a perfect sunny day with a freshly manicured pitch is ideal; playing in the rain and sliding along the mud covered ground can also be a whole lot of fun. One word to the wise though, if you hear thunder, it’s time to call it a match and go home. Just ask Habbib Kaddir who was present when two men, one who was was carrying a metal chair, were struck by lightning.
“It just happened, it was amazing,” said Kaddir. “We just looked back and we saw one guy go down and another guy a little bit, hunching down, so we ran straight to him,” he said.
One of the men was conscious, but numb below the waist, while the other was unconscious and did not have a pulse. Kaddir, a certified EMT, performed CPR for twenty minutes until the paramedics arrived and took the man to the hospital. He was unconscious, but still alive upon arrival.
Two simple lessons (for those of you who enjoy a good long slide tackle in the mud) are these:
1. While there is only a 1-in-6,250 chance that you will be struck by lightning, you can dramatically improve those odds by laying off of pickup games and soccer practice during a thunderstorm. Just check your local weather report, and if it says “thunderstorm”, stay home. You can always wait for another day to play in the mud.
2. If you really want to watch a game in the rain, bring a plastic chair.