April Is National Youth Sports Safety Month

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April is Sports Safety Month and is the start of the sporting summer season. This poses huge opportunities for eyecare professionals to launch a community outreach program, patient education,  eye injury prevention and a way to compete.

Eye Gotta Tell Ya: (Source)

  • More than 600,000 eye injuries related to sports and recreation occur each year. 42,000 of these injuries are of a severity that requires Emergency Room attention.2
  • A market sampling in Michigan9 determined that:
  • 97% of high schools do not have a Sports Vision Program
  • 98% of high school coaches would be interested in a Sports Vision Program
  • 99% of high schools have never been approached regarding the establishment of a Sports Vision Program
  • The following sports are considered a high-to-moderate risk of eye injury: Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Hockey, Tennis, Soccer, Volleyball, Water Polo, Football, Air Rifle, BB Gun, Paintball, Boxing, Martial Arts, Cricket, Squash, Racquetball, Fencing, Badminton, Fishing and Golf.6
  •  One-in-eighteen college athletes will sustain an eye injury each season. The odds increase to one-in-ten for basketball players.
  • One-in-eight victims of severe eye injury, and one-in-twenty victims of less-severe eye injury, initiate legal proceedings against parties assumed to be responsible.

 What to Do?

  • Educate yourself on Sports Injuries and types of preventive Eyecare
  • Add ‘sports’ into your Lifestyle questions and if a doctor ask about sports in the chair.
  • Stock ‘Sporting and Safety Eyewear’ from companies such as WileyX, Hilco and Liberty
  • Don’t forget to stock DeFog (Nanofilm) and make recommendations for Anti-Fog Coating (iCoat)
  • A great consumer outreach is WileyX Safety Eyewear in a box program.
  • Contact Local sports teams to educate.
  • Have a ‘Sports’ Trunk Show
  • Put up Sports Injury Prevention on your website, blog or Facebook
  • Contact Local Gyms
  • Contact Local Schools