Racquetball Waiver

The following statement must be signed before your roster will be accepted:

A racquetball ball is ideally suited to produce an eye injury. Because of its size and composition it can be compressed very easily into the eye orbit. Ball speeds have been measured at 78 mph for a novice and 127 mph for an A-level player. The racquet, too, hit appropriately, can cause immense harm to the orbit of the eye and its fragile contents. According to a study of racquetball eye injuries reported in The Physician and Sportsmedicine, injury can result in poor vision or even blindness. The most common types of ocular injuries in racquetball include hyphema (blood in the anterior chamber), lid hemorrhage, corneal abrasian, iritis, subconjunctival hemorrhage, and lid laceration. There is the misconception among many players who wear hardened glass or plastic prescription glasses that such glasses, especially when called shatter-resistant, offer some protection. Eye glass guards are recommended when playing racquetball. It is acknowledged that the wearing of eyeglass guards will not prevent all injuries; however, it has been shown that closed guards can reduce the number and severity of injuries.

If you choose to play racquetball, with or without an eye glass guard, you realize the potential danger for eye injuries and assume such risks, from whatever cause, including negligence of the sponsoring organization, and hereby agree not to hold liable the Luther College Recreational Services, Luther College, or any of its agents, for any injury sustained.

 

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