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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
participant's age.

Children (5 to 12 years of age)
BB gun injuries

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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.  This is especially problematic among players in youth leagues.  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.  Plus, very few youth leagues have supported face shields.

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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).

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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 age 12.

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 from baseball.

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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."

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38.24% of sport injuries (eyes) happen while playing baseball.

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