Eye Injuries by Country

Here is a list of 12 countries and the sport that causes the most eye injuries.

Country Sport Causing Most Eye Injuries
Australia Cricket
Canada Hockey
England Squash
Holland Soccer
Ireland Hurling
Japan Baseball
New Zealand Squash
Portugal Soccer
Switzerland Hockey
Sweden Hockey
U.S.A. Basketball
The Far East Badminton
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Eye Injuries in Sports

Photo courtesy of Andrea Lai

Over the past 30 hockey seasons in Canada, 1914 eye injuries have been reported including 311 legally blinded eyes. 302 of the blind eyes were suffered by players wearing no eye protectors, 9 by players wearing visors whose helmets were not firmly attached to the head. Chin cups rather than neck straps should attach helmets securely to the head. Continue reading

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Richard Kinar – 2009 Dr. Tom Pashby Sports Safety Award

Richard Kinar, Ski Helmet Advocate

Richard Kinar, the former freestyle skier and West Vancouver resident is the 2009 recipient of the Dr. Tom Pashby Sports Safety Fund Award.

Mr. Kinar has worked consistently and effectively within local communities, medical associations, the sport community and with politicians to promote the use of brain protecting helmets to limit the possibility and severity of head injury in sports and recreational activities. Continue reading

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Rules for Sports Safety

We strongly recommend that all hockey bodies, amateur and professional, wherever played, introduce a No Head Check Rule, in bold print, in their rule books and enforce it with severe penalties. The OHA introduced such a rule with success.

Never allow a player in any sport to return to a game or practice if that player has sustained a concussion or brain injury
…medical clearance prior to return to play is recommended.

When riding an ATV wear a helmet up to the standard recommended for motorcycles
…helmet use could reduce the risk of non-fatal head injuries by 64% and death by 42%. We strongly recommend safety training for all drivers regardless of age.

Always wear an approved skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing helmet to minimize the chance of head injury
…the Canadian Standards Association says that wearing one can reduce the risk of head injury by 60%.

Never check another hockey player from behind nor to the head, and avoid fighting
…it could cause a serious head or spinal cord injury.

Hockey players must wear CSA approved facial protection.
In 30 years, there have been 311 legally blinded eyes. None of these players wore a certified full face protector. Half shields should be worn properly with a taut neck strap to hold the helmet and visor firmly in place. A chin cup as worn in football would be an improvement.

When tobogganing choose a hill that is hazard-free, has a safe stopping distance and one on which you can control your speed
…although fun and popular there are risks when tobogganing.

Certified eye protection should be worn when playing any racquet sport
…a squash ball or badminton bird can cause a serious eye injury.

When golfing remember to protect yourself when you hear “fore”, and call “fore” if your ball is heading towards others
…a golf ball can travel 240 kilometres per hour and can impact with a deadly amount of force.

When cycling always wear a certified helmet that has been properly fitted
…the majority of all cycling deaths result from head injuries.

When skateboarding always wear a properly fitted CSA- approved helmet designed specifically for skateboarding
…falls are common, but with proper training and protective gear most injuries are preventable.

Always wear your lifejacket or PFD when boating
…boating is the most frequent activity leading to drowning in Canada.

Supervise children closely around any body of water
…even 5 centimetres of water can be a drowning hazard for young children.

Do not run or jog at night
…if you run or jog at dusk or dawn, wear reflective material and don’t wear a headset.

Always wear protective gear when in-line skating.
It is mandatory in some municipalities.

Before diving, check for depth and sharp objects.
50 to 60 Canadians break their necks each year diving into unknown waters

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