Why don't pro squash players wear protective goggles?


[...] among those not wearing eye protection, over a third complained that it restricted their vision during play, and one in four said it was too uncomfortable, even though most had not actually tried it.

Can you cite top players who have been injured?

Jonathan Power was in top form and looked like winning his second World Open title in 2002. Up a game in the semifinal with David Palmer, he was hit in the eye with Palmer's racquet. Power did not suffer permanent damage, but he did not open his left eye for some weeks, and had to retire from the match.

Alex Gough was up a game and beating John White in the 2006 Motor City Open Semifinal when White hit Gough in the eye with his racquet. "Play was suspended for five minutes as Gough was treated...Gough's eye continued to ooze blood for the remainder of the match...The blow, coming late in the second game...cost him the point, and the momentum - as White prodeeded to dominate the next two games to...

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Squash goggles protect your face and eyes while playing squash.

Here are some brands of squash goggles I’ve posted about on Squash...

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How many squash players do you know who wear protective eyewear? One, maybe two? And how many of them are British? Probably none of them.

So here’s a cautionary tale from Roy McMahon on why he’ll be wearing goggles from now on…

Isn’t it time we open our eyes to the debate on whether we choose to wear protective goggles or not?

At the time of being the recipient of this shiner, I would have said that I could tell the kind of player within a few strokes who might be a dangerous opponent and give them a wide berth.

I had also convinced myself that I am not an encroacher…

The fact is that I have played Mohammed Ali (my new nickname for my squash partner) for a few years and I trust him explicitly.

My injury was combination of a loose shot from me, a bit of a wild swing (sorry, Bruiser) and I am sure I was encroaching, just a bit…

I can’t help it. I am competitive….

All in all – an accident.

Let face it, the outcome...

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My Dad nearly lost his sight in one eye while playing squash because he wasn’t wearing protective squash eyewear. He was playing a friend in a local club match and the ball came at him quickly from an unexpected angle after hitting the crack between the front and sidewall.

The ball hit him directly in one eye and his body dropped. As it was late in the night, his friend had to drive him an hour and a half to the nearest hospital that was open.

Dad said each bump the car went over only magnified the already infinitely intense pain he was feeling…

…like a knife cutting into the back of his eyeball.

He stayed in hospital for two weeks, much of that time the pain persisted. Fortunately, his eye recovered.

A 50/50 Chance

The guy in the bed next to Dad wasn’t so lucky. Exactly the same thing happened to this guy – a squash ball hit him directly in the eye. But the result for him was losing his eyesight completely – forever.

He now only...

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The companies below assert these eyewear models have been tested and meet the ASTM-F803 standard for eye protection. If you have knowledge indicating otherwise, please send an email to office@ussquash.com.

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Published: 27 Apr 2005 - 07:51 by prabbit

Updated: 10 Sep 2009 - 01:16

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Hi all. I have photographic proof as to why one wears (or should wear) goggles while playing squash. I'm a reasonably decent squash player. I'm not great, but I don't suck anymore either. That means I usually don't play people that suck and I usually play people that are pretty decent. Good players know the rules and understand when a situation or shot is dangerous. Now, I'm a decently vain person, but I won't screw with my vision. I like it too much. So, I wear my goggles. Goggles are about the only protective equipment there is in squash. They cost $25. Seems like perfectly inexpensive, reasonable insurance for something as important as one's vision. Yet there are still several players I know that won't or even refuse to wear goggles. These idiots blow my mind! Wear the goggles, because you never know when you're going to need them! I...

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The rules on excessive swings

How many different size courts are there?

The official international squash court is 32 ft. long and 21 ft wide. In North America you will find many converted Hardball singles courts (18.5 ft wide) and racquetball courts (20 ft wide). Otherwise they should all be of correct length. See FAQ #5 for the differences between Hardball singles squash and Softball squash.

9pt, 15pt or 11pt?

In all scoring systems (British (upto 9) and American (upto 15)), you get to choose the side to serve from when you win a hand-out. You alternate serve sides thereafter, upon winning points.

The 15 Pt scoring also refered to as PAR, point a rally, was first adopted by the pro men's tour in order to manage their tournament time more efficiently. It was in an era when the game of attrition was popularised. The combination of the long rallies, with points only going to the server, made for some extremely long matches. The ball would get so...

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The good news is that risk of serious eye injury in squash is low, but if you play regularly there is an estimated one in every four chance of receiving an eye injury.

Even high level players who ‘keep their eye on the ball’ are not exempt, as former US No. 1 Will Carlin discovered when his retina was torn by a ball impacting his eye and resulting in two operations and permanent impairment of vision. Carlin ordinarily wore protection but had left his goggles in another bag on that unfortunate occasion.

In the UK alone an estimated 15,000 eye injuries occur each year during squash games, so if you don’t want to be such a statistic you can protect your eyes with a small but worthwhile investment.

Eye protection is an issue the World Squash Federation (WSF) began addressing formally on 1 January 1999 when it first became compulsory for junior players (19 and under) to wear eye protection while playing. The thinking was that it would engender...

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Background Information

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Squash racquet and ball

Players in a glass-backed squash court

International squash singles court, as specified by the World Squash Federation

Squash is a racquet sport that was formerly called squash racquets, a reference to the "squashable" soft ball used in the game (compared with the harder ball used in its parent game Racquets (or rackets; see below)). The game is played by two players (or four players for doubles) with "standard" rackets in a four-walled court with a small, hollow rubber ball. Squash is characterized as a "high-impact" exercise that can place strain on the joints, notably the knees.

Squash is recognized by CIO and remains in contention for incorporation in a future Olympic program.


The game of...

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Baseball is by far the most dangerous of the popular youth sports. Amazingly, hardly anyone seems aware of this. Millions of parents who refuse to let their child play youth football, one of the safest youth sports, blithely send them off to baseball without a thought about safety. What's worse is the injuries youth baseball players suffer are almost all easily preventable. For a more detailed discussion of this topic, see my book, Youth Baseball Coaching.

Sports that have a dangerous image, like youth football and youth hockey, have adopted virtually every safety recommendation made by the pertinent medical and safety groups. But youth-baseball organizations have almost completely ignored the safety recommendations pertinent to their sport. One organization, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, even went so far as to issue a position statement (May 1991) noting that football and hockey adopted recommended...

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Squash goggles: The how of racquetball safety

The American Optometric Association says that "the game of squash can be hazardous to the eyes"; and if you're watching beginners play, you'll know that it's true off-court as well. But jokes apart, a high speed game of squash can send the ball flying in your face at literally the speed of a squash ball...

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These six masters will pound everything they know into Kenichi. Literally.

A retool of

Tatakae! Ryouzanpaku Shijou Saikyou no Deshi


Fight! Ryozanpaku History's Strongest Disciple

) released as a monthly series back in 2000.

Kenichi Shirahama is a wimp.

Even thegeekspick on him

. That all changes when he meets Miu...

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