Injuries are a part of sports. For those of you that have read my book and blogs, eye injuries are no exception.
This is why players and athletic training staffs need to be prepared.
Baseball is the leading cause of sports related eye injuries for athletes under the age of 18. Basketball causes more eye injuries for athletes over the age of 18.
This video is graphic....and brand new. A player had his eye poked out of his eye socket. He was lucky. The teams medical staff immediately treated this sports related eye injury.
The eye ball is kept in place in the eye socket by eye muscles. Muscles can stretch so the eye ball can "pop out". That doesn't change vision.
What changes vision in this injury is if the optic nerve is damaged. The optic nerve hooks the eyeball to the brain. It transports vision to the brain. If it breaks, it's like power being ripped out your house: the TV dies, computers die, the heater/air-condition die.... Everything electrical ceases to work.
In the eye, a ripped optic nerve causes a person to be blind.
The average optic nerve...like a power cord..has a certain length. Everyone has a little extra length in their optic nerve. Some more than others.
This player was lucky. He had enough extra length of his eye power chord so that when the eye was popped out of the eyes orbit, the nerve wasn't broken causing blindness.
My book, See To Play, educates players, trainers and medical staff about sports related eye injuries...and more importantly... how to take care of athletes when these injuries occur.
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