The sport of paintball is popular worldwide and seen as a harmless hobby. Serious injuries are sometimes reported, and often overlooked as a rarity. Yet these injuries can be devastating; reports of serious eye injuries and even blindness does occur, and recently a British teenager reported to the hospital with abdomenal pain that turned out to be a ruptured liver due to a paintball injury. Emergency surgery was required to save his liver and his life. Doctors warn that these injuries are a serious risk of paintball and that deep organ injuries occur often. Supporters of the sport state that injuries only occur when participants are careless or do not use the right protective equipment, and that other sports are far more dangerous. Other sports, though, are not premised upon shooting hard pellets directly at people's bodies at high velocities. There are sports insurance companies that cover participants in sports such as paintball.
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