Monday, December 5, 2022


The ER is busy after the Super Bowl, but it’s not why you think


It’s not just those who chase after the pigskin that can get hurt on Super Bowl Sunday – RVers and other football fans could be at a greater risk for hurt. Dr. Jeffrey Kalina, an emergency medicine physician in Houston, Texas, says the fans themselves wind up being victims: “The ER is usually busy after the game and we expect it to be no different this Sunday.”

How can I get hurt if I’m not playing football? The answer may surprise you. The problem starts with what fans are taking in, not from the screen, but through their mouths. The mixture of alcohol and junk food can be a potent mix. Drunk driving injuries are common, but don’t discount stomach ailments based on too many potato chips and pork rinds. But there’s a more sinister evil with all that liquid refreshment: urinary retention.

Says the good doctor: “During most sporting events people will get up and use the restroom during the commercials and not have any problem. However, most of the time the commercials are the best part of the Super Bowl, so we have seen people who have to come in and have a catheter put in to relieve themselves.” What happens is, with all that “putting off the output,” the bladder muscles aren’t strong enough to overcome the extra volume.

The moral of the story here: Go to the bathroom during the game, folks. Give those ER nurses a break.


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2 years ago

Or . . . Use a DVR so you can stop/start at will!

Nikki Harnish
2 years ago

It’s my understanding that spousal abuse goes way up too. Alcohol, fragile ego, team identity, hotheadedness…. Bad combination.

2 years ago
Reply to  Nikki Harnish

Nikki, you might want to check for yourself. It’s a myth.

2 years ago

Wow… who knew….

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