Do squash players accurately report use of appropriate protective eyewear?

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Eime, Rochelle ORCID: 0000-0002-8614-2813, Finch, C, Owen, Neville and McCarty, C (2005) Do squash players accurately report use of appropriate protective eyewear? Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 8 (3). pp. 352-356. ISSN 1440-2440

Abstract

Self-report surveys are a common method of collecting data on protective equipment use in sport. The aim of this study was to assess the validity of self-reported use of appropriate protective eyewear by squash players. Surveys of squash players' appropriate protective eyewear behaviours were conducted over two consecutive years (2002 and 2003) at randomly-selected squash venues in Melbourne, Australia. Over the two years, 1219 adult players were surveyed (response rate of 92%). Trained observers also recorded the actual oncourt appropriate protective eyewear behaviours of all players during the survey sessions. Eyewear use rates calculated from both data sources were compared. The self-reported appropriate protective eyewear use rate (9.4%; 95% CI 7.8, 11.0) was significantly higher (1.6 times more) than the observed rate (5.9%; 95%CI 4.6, 7.2). This suggests that players may over-report their use of appropriate protective equipment, though some may have incorrectly classified their eyewear as being appropriate or suitably protective. Studies that rely only on self-report data on protective equipment use need to take into account that this could lead to biased estimates.

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Online ISSN: 1878-1861

Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/7859
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/S1440-2440(05)80046-5
Official URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S...
Subjects Current > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Keywords ResPubID22760. squash players, protective eyewear, protective sports equipment
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