It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class!
April was National Eye Safety Month. Balls, bats, fingers – they’re all dangerous. When you hit the field, court or rink, it’s important to protect your eyes. Here’s the score on sports eye injuries:
- Cause of hockey eye injuries include: pucks (37%), highsticking (28%), fights (18%), and other (17%)
- Eye injuries cost NHL hockey franchises an estimated $32 million in missed games over 10 years
- One in 10 players on U.S. college basketball teams can expect to get an eye injury on the court
- $175 to $200 million is the estimated annual cost associated with sports eye injuries in the United States
- 41% of eye injuries among kids ages 10 to 14 in the ER are related to sports products
- 90% of eye injuries can be prevented by shielding eyes with protective eyewear
Don’t become a statistic. For more information on eye safety, visit www.geteyesmart.org, the public education website of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.