Alex V. Weighs in on the Importance of Sunglasses in Sports

Written by admin on July 30, 2013 – 5:25 pm -

For many of us, wearing the proper protective equipment for sports is a no brainer. Helmet? Check. Mouthguard? Check. Elbow pads? Double check. It only takes one errant kick during a soccer game before that bruise reminds you never to forget to wear your shinguards again. But how many times have you squinted your way through a softball match and thought the only consequence might be losing a ball in the sun? If it’s even once, research has shown your eyes may have been harmed by ultraviolet (UV) rays.

We know that UV exposure is dangerous for our skin, but many of us often neglect to protect our eyes from the sun. Did you know it is even possible to sunburn your eyes? It’s a condition known as photokeratitis–you may have heard of it referred to as ’snow blindness’ which is related to the temporary decrease in vision that comes from the bright sunlight reflecting off the snow. Research has shown that an accumulation of UV damage over time can lead to increased risk of certain health problems such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and even cancer. Some studies also suggest that people with blue eyes are at higher risk for incurring UV damage to the cornea and lens than those with brown eyes. While those that participate in work or leisure activities based on highly reflective surfaces such as pavement, water, and sand should be especially careful, everyone can benefit from sporting a pair of shades. Consistent, year-round use when spending time outdoors can go a long way towards safeguarding the health of your eyes.

Consider sunglasses as just another piece of protective equipment that you shouldn’t leave home without. You don’t need to shell out big bucks in order to find a good pair, either. Look for those that offer protection from both UVA and UVB rays and have a label denoting ANSI (American National Standards Institute) approval. With summer in full tilt, there’s no better time to make a habit of wearing a pair. Don’t forget to outfit the kids, too!

The Vision Council released a research report providing a more comprehensive look at this topic that can be found here.
For more information about picking out a good pair of sunglasses, including what lenses are best for driving and other activities, check out this page.

Alex Vitek is a nationally Certified, state Licensed Athletic Trainer and post-graduate Resident in training at The Galland Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Athletic Training Residency– a 12 month immersional program allowing ATCs to maintain and hone clinical skills while developing those talents necessary to be effective in the clinical setting as an ATC/physician extender. Find out more at You can reach Alex at

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Dr. Galland Featured in American Council on Exercise Article

Written by admin on July 8, 2013 – 4:10 pm -

Dr. Mark Galland was recently featured in an article published by the American Council on Exercise, titled “Muscular Imbalances Increase Your Client’s Risk for Injury.” In the article, Galland provides insight on muscular imbalances, their causes and how exercise helps prevent them.

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