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Are squash players protecting their eyes?

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posted on 2002-09-01, 00:00 authored by R Eime, C Finch, Cheyne Sherman, Andrew GarnhamAndrew Garnham
Methods: A survey of 303 players (aged ≥18 years) was conducted at three squash venues in Melbourne, Australia over a three week period in June 2000 to obtain information about protective eyewear use.

Results: Of 303 participants the response rate was 98.1%; 66.1% were males, with a mean age of 40.5 years. The majority (68.4%) had played squash for 10 years or more. Although 18.8% of players reported using protective eyewear, only 8.9% reported wearing approved eyewear. Both age group (p<0.05) and years of squash experience (p<0.01) were significantly associated with any eyewear use. The two main influences were personal experience of eye injuries (50.0%) and knowledge of eye injury risk (33.9%). A commonly reported barrier was restriction of vision (34.2%).

Conclusion: These findings demonstrate a low prevalence of voluntary use of appropriate protective eyewear. Future prevention strategies incorporating education campaigns should focus on increasing players' knowledge of risks. The barriers to use and misconceptions about which types of eyewear is most protective need to be addressed as a priority.

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Journal

Injury prevention

Volume

8

Issue

3

Pagination

239 - 241

Publisher

BMJ Publishing Group

Location

London, England

ISSN

1353-8047

eISSN

1475-5785

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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2002

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