When you think of injuries during sports, you are likely to be the most concerned about broken bones, pulled muscles, and concussions. However, eye injuries are some of the most common sports abrasions that are treated by healthcare professionals every year. Protect your eyes from trauma with a pair of lacrosse goggles. Whether your position is midfield, attack, defense or goalie, every lacrosse player should gear up in a pair of goggles before hitting the field. It's a simple accessory that will help protect your eyes against sticks and elbows.
Lacrosse is currently ranked as the country's fastest growing team sport, with over 720,000 players. Over the last ten years, there's been a 41% growth in the number of players participating in this highly physical contact sport. However, lacrosse is also known for its high rate of injury, ranking second in sports with the most head injuries.
One of the reasons why there are so many injuries in lacrosse is because the game relies on the use of excessively long sticks (known as a crosse). NCAA regulations require all men's sticks to be 40 to 41 inches in length for offense and 52 to 72 inches in length for defense. It only takes a quick swipe in the wrong direction to place a stick directly in a player's eye. Players can help prevent stick-related and other types of eye injuries by wearing a pair of shatter-proof goggles.
Protective eyewear should be worn if there’s any chance of being struck in the eye by any entity moving rapidly, or if you’re in an environment with significant wind, dirt, or UV radiation. Approximately 100,000 sports-related eye injuries happen every year with a cumulative cost of more than $175 million dollars. Lacrosse is considered to be among one of the “extreme” sports that athletes are prone to get the most hurt in. The use of protective eyewear will prevent the occasional and catastrophic eye injury at every level of play.
Eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children in the United States. Ninety percent of these sports-related eye traumas can be prevented with the use of protective eyewear. Ordinary prescription glasses, contact lenses, and sunglasses do not protect against eye injuries. Protective goggles, which are made of strong polycarbonate or high impact nylon, are many times stronger than other plastics, form one of the most vital sports equipment for people of all ages participating in lacrosse.