Dr. Taustine’s campaign for eye protection pays off!

The sights and sounds of Fall in Louisville include leaves changing, high school football, and field hockey. One thing has now changed. The field hockey players are wearing protection for their faces and eyes!
Field hockey is a sport with heavy sticks being swung at close range to other players and a similarly heavy ball hurtling down the field sometimes close to 100 mph. Either of these is capable of producing devastating facial and eye injury.
Dr. Taustine’s daughters’ began playing years ago. As an eye surgeon, Dr. Taustine immediately recognized the danger and began a campaign to require eye protection. At the time only his daughters wore the protection to their initial embarrassment. In frustration, he even offered to pay for eye guards for his daughters’ entire team. Over the course of a few seasons they saw the injuries occurring for themselves. Soon no parental demands were needed.Dr. Taustine teamed up with WAVE-3 and WHAS-11 to produce stories on the danger of playing without proper protection. Slowly attitudes began to change. The National Federation of State High School Associations finally voted in 2011-12 to mandate the use of facial and eye guards for field hockey players.
Dr. Taustine’s daughter recently played in her first high school alumni game since the rule went into effect. She said it was neat seeing the varsity team wearing eye guards when she used to be the only one that would wear them. It was especially satisfying knowing that all the hard work her father put into campaigning for the safety of her and her teammates was actually happening!
Think of the faces which will not be disfigured and the eyes which will be saved by the new protectors. You gotta be happy now Dr. Taustine!

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