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GOGGLES PROTECTIVE OR DANGEROUS


The controversial, hot topic of our sport


BY WILL BYRNE © KATIE CRONIN


In April of 2011, the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) Board of Directors voted to approve mandating goggles for all 64,000 American high school field hockey players during game play. The decision came after an eleven-year debate between two NFHS committees: the Field Hockey Rules Committee and the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee


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(SMAC). The two com- mittees vote on the issue within their ranks and pass that information on to the Board of Directors, through the mouth of NFHS Field Hockey Rules Editor Elliot Hopkins. There is little to no dialogue between the two committees on the issue: they each discuss their side of the issue, pass the information on to the Board of Directors via Mr. Hopkins, and the Board votes on the goggle mandate.


The issue has become a hot button topic within the American field hockey world, as USA Field Hockey has taken a stance against the use of


goggles and the NCAA considers adopting a goggle mandate as well.


The line in the sand is extremely clear. On one side, field hockey people stand offended and bewildered that the control of their sport has been removed from their hands. Staring back at them are the doctors, lawyers, administrators, and goggle manufacturers extolling the importance of avoiding a catastrophic eye injury (catastrophic meaning loss of eyesight or the entire eye).


USA Field Hockey stance against goggles couldn't be more clear: Executive Director Steve Locke describes the


decision as "adverse," citing an incongruence of rules with the interna- tional game and reported unintentional safety issues caused by the goggles. Reduced vision and the hardness of the goggles in collisions might produce an increase in non-eye related head injuries. Says Locke: "The data we've been collecting has been robustly against the use of goggles for safety reasons."


Furthermore, the use of goggles in training may be detrimental to the overall development of USA Field Hockey's program. USAFH Technical Director Terry


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