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picture: Gunnar Jakobsson. Picture: Thomas Bergh, Eye Clinic Mölndal/Sahlgrenska College Hospital.
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Credit score: Thomas Bergh, Eye Clinic Mölndal/Sahlgrenska College Hospital
A number of eye clinics round Sweden are seeing an increase in eye harm associated to the racket sport padel. In an article within the Journal of the Swedish Medical Affiliation (Läkartidningen), eye researchers affiliated with the College of Gothenburg state that padel is a possible high-risk sport for eye accidents, and that sporting protecting goggles is a good suggestion.
Ball sports activities are sometimes related to an elevated danger of eye accidents, and the chance appears to be even better with padel, a sport that’s now extremely in style in Sweden (and shouldn’t be confused with the North American “paddle tennis”).
“The ball has a weight of about 50 grams, and a measurement comparable to the opening of the attention socket. The ball velocity is excessive, and for a smash shot might be as much as 130 kilometers an hour. The bouncing properties of the ball additionally make recoil assessments fairly troublesome, which most likely will increase the chance of the eyes getting broken,” says Gunnar Jakobsson, ophthalmologist on the College of Gothenburg and chief doctor on the eye clinic (Division of Ophthalmology) at Sahlgrenska College Hospital.
Severe accidents are uncommon
Most eye accidents that happen in padel, corresponding to minor hemorrhages inside the attention that require no surgical procedure, are comparatively gentle. However there have additionally been experiences of occasional severe circumstances during which padel gamers endure lasting visible impairment. Within the occasion of extreme damage, there’s even a danger of blindness. Within the article within the Journal of the Swedish Medical Affiliation (Läkartidningen), Jakobsson and his colleague Catharina Thörnland describe three circumstances of individuals incurring eye harm whereas taking part in padel. Though their accidents have been reasonable, all of them wanted surgical remedy to get higher.
Defending the eyes
Since padel is a doubtlessly high-risk sport the place eye accidents are involved, it’s a good suggestion to put on goggles whereas taking part in. A number of scientific research present that sporting goggles, or another technique of eye safety corresponding to a security visor or face protect, is the simplest method to keep away from eye accidents in dangerous sports activities. If these protecting gadgets are used accurately, the chance of eye harm is lowered by as much as 90 %.
Jakobsson attracts a parallel to floorball, one other trendy sport characterised by a speedy rise in reputation — for floorball, that occurred within the Nineties.
“For some time, floorball grew to become the game that induced probably the most eye accidents. Due to the introduction of necessary goggles for youngsters and at junior degree, and powerful suggestions for senior gamers, eye harm amongst floorball gamers has declined.”###
Article (in Swedish): Ögonskador vid padelspel ökar – önskvärt med skyddsglasögon (“Eye accidents from taking part in padel on the rise: Carrying goggles fascinating”); Läkartidningen. 2021;118:21001;
Contact: Gunnar Jakobsson, analysis ophthalmologist on the College of Gothenburg and chief doctor at Division of Ophthalmology, Sahlgrenska College Hospital, Mölndal.
Phone: 46-722 063 083, e mail:

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