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Irene Pastore is a Certified Personal Trainer, fitness blogger, health educator, and speaker. She has 23 years experience teaching exercise in New York City. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.

Senator Harry Reid’s Exercise Injury

Senator Harry Reid after his exercise accident.

This story is all over the internet, so I’ll just add my two cents. While Senator Harry Reid was exercising with an exercise band, it broke, hit his eye, causing him to lose his balance, and take a bad fall.  He hit his head on nearby equipment, breaking bones near his right eye.  He was also diagnosed with a concussion, and broken ribs.  As of today, medical reports say that he may lose vision in his right eye.


Do not hold the band In front of your face.

Indeed it can.  In fact, any type of exercise equipment can cause injury if not used carefully.

Elastic bands seem innocuous, because they’re non-imposing, they don’t intimidate, they almost look like a child’s toy.


Senator Reid is 75 years old.  He was standing while exercising with an elastic band.

Either he pulled the band beyond a safe range, causing it to snap, or the band may have been overused, and should have been replaced.  He then lost his balance, and fell head first onto exercise equipment in his home gym.

Persons over 65 should use great care while exercising to prevent accidents.  Loss of balance is more likely  in an older adult.


  • Do not pull the band beyond its’ capacity, causing it to break.

    Do not stretch the band beyond its’s limits.

  • Don’t use the band while standing, if you think you might lose your balance during exercise..
  • Don’t hold the band near your face, especially close to your eyes.  If it breaks, you can suffer an eye injury.
  • Don’t use the band if you have long fingernails, because they can puncture the band with holes, causing the band to break while in use.
  • Don’t wear jewelry while using the band,  to avoid puncturing the band.
  • Don’t let your kids play with the bands.  Elastic bands are not toys.
  • Don’t allow distractions while you’re exercising with bands, and all other equipment.  Stay focused on what you’re doing.
  • Don’t store your exercise bands near heat or sun.  Store them in a cool, dry place.
  • Keep the bands away from dogs and cats to prevent injury to your animals.
  • Replace bands after extended use.

Copyright 2015 Irene Pastore, and Tour de Core Personal Training.

Biomarkers: The 10 Keys to Prolonging Vitality


Published in 1992 by Fireside Books, Biomarkers was written by William J. Evans, PH.D, and Irwin H. Rosenberg, M.D.

If you’re interested in staying active, fit and independent into super old age, then buy a copy of this groundbreaking book.

Biomarkers is based on a study by the Tufts University Medical School, and is one of the most important books ever published about the positive effects of exercise on the human body.

Based on medically proven research, the authors reveal that frailty and chronic disease are not caused by aging, but by inactivity and poor nutrition.  With that in mind, both young and old are given hope that remaining vital and healthy is a reality, no matter your chronological age.

Copyright 2013 Irene Pastore and Blue Moon Personal Training