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Inj Prev. 2000 Sep;6(3):232-4.

Acceptability of baseball face guards and reduction of oculofacial injury in receptive youth league players.

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  • 1Department of Ophthalmology, Indiana University Medical School, Indianapolis 46202, USA. rdanis@iupui.edu

Abstract

GOALS:

To assess the relative injury reduction effect and acceptability of face guards on batter's helmets.

METHODS:

A non-randomized prospective cohort study among 238 youth league baseball teams in Central and Southern Indiana during the 1997 season. Coaches, parents, and players were asked to respond to pre-season and post-season questionnaires. Approximately one half of the teams were supplied with face guard helmets (intervention); all others used this protection at their discretion (comparison).

RESULTS:

Parents, players, and coaches on the intervention teams reported a reduction in the incidence of oculofacial injuries compared with comparison team respondents (p=0.04). There was no reported adverse effect of face guard use on player performance.

CONCLUSIONS:

Helmet face guards should be required for batters to prevent facial injuries in baseball.

PMID:
11003192
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PMCID:
PMC1730643
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