Are squash players protecting their eyes?

Eime, R., Finch, C., Sherman, C. and Garnham, Andrew 2002, Are squash players protecting their eyes?, Injury prevention, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 239-241.

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Title Are squash players protecting their eyes?
Author(s) Eime, R.
Finch, C.
Sherman, C.
Garnham, Andrew
Journal name Injury prevention
Volume number 8
Issue number 3
Start page 239
End page 241
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2002-09
ISSN 1353-8047
Keyword(s) CI
confidence interval
odds ratio
Victorian Squash Federation
Summary 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.
Language eng
Field of Research 110604 Sports Medicine
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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