Monday, October 28, 2013

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We have now been playing floorball with kids for several years. In recreational settings, at the Parks and Rec, in extra curricular after school stunts, at Boys and Girls Clubs, at churches, at Hockey activities, with scouts and more. We do not plan to stop.

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 ---> We just want you to be 100% certain about one thing. As we have kids playing we have them use protective eye wear. Statistics say that eye injuries are less common in Floorball as compared to Squash - but much more frequent as compared to Tennis - and then some numbers show a crazy level of eye injuries from Basketball in the USA - but. In essence you can prove almost, what ever you want, if you fiddle with statistics and the high numbers of eye injuries in basketball exists; just because everyone plays Basketball.
As phrases state something fuzzy... in line with "eye wear are not required as you play Floorball but recommended" - we do not even listen. We refuse!
All main developed Floorball nations have mandatory use of eye wear for kids age 16 years and under.

Recently at a session we had a mishap or incident, for the first time ever, after several thousands of Floorball hours. The tip of a stick from a very young and inexperienced - but very excited player - came up with force and went straight towards the eye of another young player that instantly became very sad. At that moment we praised everything we could hold as important - that - we have been so strict about the use of protective eye-wear for kids. In essence the goggles we used - worked as they were supposed to - they protected the naked eye and no harm beyond some emotional stress was occurring to the player that got a fast Floorball blade in his face.

This was to us a good reminder about the importance of protective eye wear. Please use em' as you play with kids. You may pick up cheap but ANSI certified protective eye wear at places like for a few bucks each and they can make the difference. Of course real certified and branded Floorball glasses with a perfect fit are even better. In hockey they have almost no eye or face accidents at all for kids - since they started to use face masks in minor hockey.
Floorball in North America should not be the cause for lost vision to any child is our opinion. Use protective eye wear on the kids you play!

Floorball is an active activity at high speeds. Floorball is therefore a very healthy thing to do. But as with all intense action - it is never 100% risk free. But we must aim to minimize the risks. That is also why we use seatbelts in cars (school buses should have seatbelts too).

If you do not believe us ask Philip Soutter, the legendary German National Floorball Coach, instead. He played Cosom Hockey (the predecessor to Floorball) as a young player and got a red plastic puck in one of his eyes - so bad that he became blind on the very same eye.
Do not let that happen again! Play Floorball - but play kids safe!
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Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!