Can Protective Eyewear Prevent Field Hockey Injuries?

by Carmen Dellutri on November 28, 2012

sports injury lawyer Cape CoralAs Port Charlotte injury lawyers, we know that wearing the right protective equipment is one of the best ways to prevent sports injuries. Therefore, we want to share the results of a recent study involving field hockey injuries.

Researchers found that high school field hockey players were less likely to suffer from head and face injuries when they're required to wear protective eyewear. They examined 180 high schools during the 2009 and 2010 fall field hockey seasons and compared injury data from schools that had policies mandating protective eyewear for their athletes against those that did not.

Researchers from Brown University analyzed sports-injury databases from the high schools and found that there were 212 eye, face and head injuries during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Most were attributed to athletes being struck by a wooden field hockey stick or a ball. In states that required protective eyewear, one injury occurred for every 106 practices and games. The injury rate was higher states without those requirements, experiencing one injury for every 72 practices and games for each team.

"This study adds to an accumulating body of evidence, most recently demonstrated in high school women's lacrosse, that mandated protective eyewear effectively and significantly reduces the incidence of head and facial (including eye) injuries in female athletes where injury from player contact and playing equipment pose risk," Dr. Peter Kriz, who led the study, told Reuters Health in an email.

"We encourage players to adopt protective eyewear early, at a young age, regardless of the contact/collision sport they play. Wearing this gear will become second nature, and they will transition easier to other sports requiring facial protection," he added.

Sounds like good advice.

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