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Br J Ophthalmol 82:1444 doi:10.1136/bjo.82.12.1444a
  • Letter to the Editor

Shinty and ocular trauma in north west Scotland

  1. AT PURDIE,
  2. I F WHYTE
  1. Department of Ophthalmology, Raigmore Hospital, Inverness IV2 3UJ
  1. Dr Purdie.
  • Accepted 3 June 1998

Editor,—Sports related eye injuries account for up to 42% of ocular trauma requiring hospitalisation1 and 10% of ruptured globes.2 The commonest cause of sports related ocular trauma seen in this department is shinty.

Shinty is a parochial game with a devoted following and a playing area which stretches from Argyll and Bute in the south to Inverness in the east to Skye in the west. It is derived from hurling and is thought to have been introduced by St Bridget who travelled to Scotland with St Columba to promote christianity in the highlands.

The game itself is not unlike hockey with two opposing teams who attempt to score more goals than the opposition using a curved stick or …

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