...for softball/baseball players
Statistics show fielders are a greater risk for facial injuries than
batters. Four times as many fielders than batters receive facial injuries.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 49% of the reported
facial injuries occur in fielders. Batters receive only 11% of the injuries
while pitchers receive 7% and runners receive 2%. 31% of facial injuries
occur in warm-ups or practice.
Because of these statistics, which will only show more injuries as softball
and baseball equipment continue to improve, show that Game Face is very
much needed in these sports.
More Safety Justifcation for Game Face
An estimated 100,000 sports-related eye injuries occur each year in the
United States. In the United States, the sports that most often produce
eye injuries are also the most popular racquet sports, baseball and basketball.
According to a 1991 study by Jonathan Stock and F. Michael Cornell, the
risk of eye injury in these and other sports varies with the
Children (5 to 12 years of age)
BB gun injuries
Ronald P. Danis, MD, reported that baseball is the most common cause
of serious eye and facial injuries at the American Academy of Ophthalmology
Meeting in Orlando.Â This is especially problematic among
players in youth leagues.Â Even though protective gear is
available, most children avoid it because they find it uncomfortable and
embarrassing to wear, and some feel that it inhibits their game.Â
Plus, very few youth leagues have supported face shields.
Check out Recommendation #4 near the bottom of this article. Game Face
might want to inquire about National Operating Committee on Standards
for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) certification. NOCSAE certifies batting
helmets and catcher's facemask/helmet combinations for all High School
baseball and softball equipment. Every school that plays these sports
has got to have the equipment and it must have a NOCSAE stamp on it (National
Federation of High Schools requirement).
What types of sports do you find yield the most eye injuries?
It depends on the age of the participant. Baseball has the most eye
related injuries in the U.S. This is especially true for children under
near the bottom of this article ...almost half of injuries occur in people
under age 15 and 6 percent of injuries occur in children under age 5.
Younger children, from age 5 to 14, have about 20 percent of their injuries
Damage from a blow to the eye from a baseball, elbow or any other blunt
object "can be worse than it first appears," he says. "A
study of children found that diagnosis of blindness in children, on average,
is three years after the injury. The child may experience a black eye
but no other immediate symptoms. But painless, slow loss of vision can
occur, as in the case of glaucoma or retinal detachment."
38.24% of sport injuries (eyes) happen while playing baseball.