How i-Mask is tested.

The following Standards have been developed for the testing of high impact small ball sports, in particular Squash and Racquetball.

Safety Standards testing of AS/NAS 4066 : 1992 and ASTM f803 - 94 is carried out by Unisearch Limited, School of Optometry, University of New South Wales, Australia.

The testing laboratory is registered as number 1923 with NATA, the governing body for Australian testing authorities.

The australian AS/NZS 4066 : 1992 is recognised worldwide. Canada, North America and the UK have their own Safety Standards, also internationally recognised.

The ASTM f803 - 94 is the North American Safety Standard.

i-MASK Protective Eye Wear

 
Testing Procedure

The projectile, fired from a high pressure air cannon in all tests, is a standard yellow dot squash ball propelled at 40 metres per second (150 kph/90 mph) from a distance of approximately 1 - 2 metres from the impact area of the head form.

The eye protectors must not fail any of the 8 impacts, at selected angles, on the lens or the frame.

 

Any dislodgment of the lenses from the frames, cracking of the frames or dislodgment of the frames from the head form results in a failed test.

Any contact with the eye, by any part of the lens or frame or ball, discontinues the testing, resulting in failure.

Frontal impacts only do not constitute a completed test.

Acceptance of i-Mask

Protective eyewear for squash players is becoming mandatory now in many countries throughout the world.

It is a growing trend that i-Mask eyewear has capitalised on by having the proper product qualifications and the best endorsements from a wide range of important bodies.

For example:
Approved and/or endorsed by

  • World Squash Federation
  • European Squash Federation
  • Asian Squash Federation
  • Swiss Squash Racquets Association
  • Hong Kong Squaash Racquets Association
  • Malaysian Squash Federation
  • Singapore Squash Federation
  • New Zealand Squash
  • Squash Australia
  • Victorian Squash Federation
  • NSW Squash
  • Squash ACT
  • Squash Tasmania
  • Champion squash players

International Requirements:

Two national Safety Standards Certificates of approval

The European CE mark

Currently, the product enjoys the support of many of the world's top players. It is used exclusively by many national teams and is their first choice whilst playing doubles. High profile and leading squash coaches recommend its use exclusively for training and competition. The product is widely distributed around the world to more than 30 countries.

Facts about the game ...

These extracts are from a survey of 197 competition and social players from 7 squash centres in and around Melbourne conducted in September through October in 1995 by Caroline Finch and Paul Vear and accepted for publication in December 1997 by the Sports Medical Journal.

Squash is one of the most popular sports played in Australia. There are 1.25 million players with 300,000 social and competitive players participating on a weekly basis.

Squash is one of the most popular sports played in Australia. There are 1.25 million players with 300,000 social and competitive players participating on a weekly basis.

The ball is played at various angles, the racquet stroke requires a wide arc at speed and there is a need to face the back of the court on occasion. It is easy to see why there is a risk of being hit by the ball or the racquet.

Squash has consequently been established as a major contributor to the incidence of sports related eye trauma.

The ultimate goal therefore is the compulsory wearing of protective eyewear by all players when on court.


 
Consider this:

 
  • The impact of a squash ball at 150KPH is equal to the same energy impact of a .22 bullet
  • This speed is well within the scope of most juniors and women
  • The impact of a squash ball at 200KPH has 4 times the energy of a .22 bullet
  • The racquet head speed has the potential of approaching 161KPH (Maylack,1988)
  • It is estimated that there may be a 25% risk of eye injury in a lifetime of playing squash
  • The Australian and New Zealand safety STANDARD AS/NZS 4066 is (according to the publication) superior to the American safety STANDARD ASTM.F803-94

(Finch / Clavisi 1998)

  • Three quarters of the injuries were males aged between 15 and 64 years. Over half the players (54%) had been playing for at least 20 years before their current injury. Only 5 players had been playing less than 1 year
  • Open lenseless eye guards are ineffective in preventing ocular injury even at speeds as low as 80KPH
  • The use of improper eye wear (eg. Dress spectacles or sunglasses) can potentially cause penetrating ocular trauma. (Finch and Vear VSF field trials of protective eye wear 1998)
  • Survey respondents from the field tests rated i-MASK visors as superior in all areas

Subject: How i-Mask protected me from serious injury
From: Charlie Bannister. UK.
bannister@gp.cyanamid.com
He wrote:

Just to report an incident on Sunday evening. I was wearing the visor for only the second time on Sunday and was playing George at Racquetball. We were both playing very competitively - as always - when I got too close to George's racquet. He must have hit me with a full blown shot and follow-through.

Even though wearing the visor, he cut an area just above my eyelid because the visor was dislodged. Had I not been wearing the visor I honestly believe I would be minus an eye now.

It shocked George who said that from now on he will be wearing a visor for all racquet games. Thank goodness for i-MASK.

Subject: Still a great product
From:Jere Willey. USA.
jjw2@psu.edu
He wrote:

Two years ago I purchased an i-MASK through a friend through your firm. It's the best eye protection I have used in over 25 years of playing squash. Thank you.
 

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