Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Let's not keep any zombie eyes in the closet

This is what we think we know on the subject of Floorball and the use of protective eye wear for kids and some related matters.

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- Floorball's predecessor Cosom Safe T play - initially marketed like 50 years ago, encountered law suites in the USA - with problems related to marketing of a safe activity that also generated some eye injuries. N.B. The keeper in Cosom Hockey sat on the floor - with no face mask - otherwise the rules on stick height was similar to modern Floorball

- Floorball has in reasonable modern Finnish research been estimated to be less prone to eye injuries as compared to squash (Americans should think Racquetball) but eye injuries are more than twice as common in Floorball as compared to Tennis

- In comparison; Ice Hockey is as close to zero in eye injuries -  almost as low as possible - since the use of face cages came into play and practice. Basketball hoover in-between 8-9000 eye injuries per year in the USA.

- In Finland and some other geographical areas like in parts of Sweden the use of protective eye wear is mandated on younger players as they play floorball

- A recent headline in the world's largest Floorball magazine in Sweden declared that the number of reported eye injuries or incidents was a sort of shady subject?

- Protective eye wear for young Floorball players made by specialty companies like the biggest Floorball brands are prohibitive expensive - in particular for developing Floorball markets. We think the Floorball market just miss a vital product here. Cheap protective eye wear can be found online with ANSI protective standards. The fit of these is not always perfect. Eye wear used for soft guns may possibly be used as a cost efficient alternative and are better than nothing. These are not always available at the local sports store. A Floorball standard cost efficient solution for developing markets seems to be a product missing in the mix.

Our own opinion is that the eye sight of a youngster is extremely important and we fear that if Floorball is not clear about this and play with an open hand - well Floorball might run into trouble - not just at the local scene.
We at Floorballcentral always play our kids with protective eye wear. It is just the way it should be done. Irrespective if you clean out a closet or not, and at the bottom of the blog we have a fixed message that talk about the idea to protect this "vision".
If you play Floorball with kids - please be not sloppy - let em' have protective eye wear as a standard feature.

Our mission is to get kids to play Floorball - but our vision is that kids keep their own vision too.
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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!