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BALLPLAYERS' MEDICAL LINGO
March 28, 1955
BUM WHEELSTired, weak or out-of-condition legs.
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March 28, 1955

Ballplayers' Medical Lingo

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BUM WHEELS
Tired, weak or out-of-condition legs.

FLAT TIRES
Sore feet, fallen arches or pulled leg muscles. Also attributed to player who runs flat-footed or favors one leg.

CLAW
A hand.

CRANK
An arm. Usually the throwing arm. Also called a "flipper."

CRANK UP
Rubdown or massage of the throwing arm, as in "crank up my arm."

JOINT MOUSE
Joint with torn or loose piece of cartilage, particularly the knee.

HEAT
Diathermy or infrared treatment.

HOT STUFF
A mild analgesic ointment for muscle tenderness. Also referred to as "shot of hot stuff." Trainers formulate and mix their own preparations which include a base of mineral oil and liniment.

HOT PACK
"Hot stuff" applied to gauze which is taped over sore muscle.

RED HOT
A liquid counterirritant, stronger than "hot stuff," that reddens the skin and draws pain.

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