Many NBA players have been known to “walk the dog,” but LeBron James may have done the definitive stroll in 2013 when he was laying for the Miami Heat.
He spent more than 10 seconds gently pushing the ball down the court with his foot before picking it up and taking his team to victory with 36 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds.
But sometimes, walking the dog is risky. Fast-forward to March 2019, when LeBron tried it as an L.A. Laker. He kicked the ball out of bounds, fracturing his already fragile relationship with Laker fans as the team sank below .500.
Unfortunately, lots of other people have learned how easy it is to fracture something while walking the dog.
Researchers found that from 2004 to 2017, there was a 163% increase in the number of folks who had to go to the emergency room because they were tripped up and fractured a bone while walking a dog.
Overall, half the injuries were fractures on the upper body. But for those 65 and older, hip fractures were the most frequent break, accounting for 17% of all cases.
This is particularly risky, because among seniors, 30% of a hip fractures lead to death, as they can cause a cascade of problems related to immobility.
Of course, walking the dog is good for your health — but make sure you stay safe. Use an adjustable leash that's six feet or less in length.
Pay attention — no texting and walking.
And train your animal to obey commands such as “heel” and “sit.”