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Cleveland State Assistant Coach Hurt in Training Accident -- December 11, 2002

CLEVELAND, Dec. 11. GUSTAVO Barrios, student assistant coach at Cleveland State University was seriously injured in a swimming training accident on November 25, causing serious injury to his eye, coach Wally Morton reports.

"The sprint group was doing speed assist/resistance training with surgical tubing. Suddenly, the stretch cord snapped and hit Gustavo directly in the eye. Gustavo has undergone surgery at the Cleveland Clinic during the past week and faces severe loss of vision in his right eye.

"The Cleveland Clinic has informed us that all swimmers and coaches on the pool deck helping in this form of training must wear protective eyewear (safety goggles).

Dr. Sears, a Cleveland Clinic optometrist described the use of surgical tubing for resistance training as "a loaded gun that can cause serious injury."

Morton notes that "the Cleveland State University Swimming Team now requires safety goggles for this form of exercise training."

Gustavo Barrios graduated at CSU with the highest grade point average of any student/athlete, won many Conference swim titles and represents his native country of Panama in international competitions.

"He is making a speedy recovery," says Morton, "but deserves everyone’s prayers and thoughts."