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Are squash players protecting their eyes?

Eime, Rochelle ORCID: 0000-0002-8614-2813, Finch, CF, Sherman, CA and Garnham, Andrew (2002) Are squash players protecting their eyes? Injury Prevention, 8 (3). 239 - 241. ISSN 1353-8047

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Objective: To determine factors associated with adult squash players' protective eyewear behaviours. 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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: protective eyewear; player's behaviour; eye injury; prevention strategies; education campaigns; knowledge; attitude; appropriate eyewear
Subjects: Current > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Current > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL)
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 08 May 2015 07:38
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 04:20
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