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It’s no secret that sports are king in America

Most of us have participated in school or club sports as children and teenagers and many of us continue to be involved in sports as adults whether as amateur athletes, fans or parents of children who play sports.

Doctors in athletics

When we hear about doctors in sports, it’s typically within the context of diagnosing and treating sports related injuries. This makes sense as the scope of most healthcare professionals revolves around acute treatment and rehabilitation post injury.

Optometry is perhaps the only profession that can offer injury prevention, performance enhancement and post-injury rehabilitation services for athletes.

Traditionally there has been little knowledge among the general public when it comes to the importance of these preventative, rehabilitative and performance-enhancing services that optometrists can offer.

After all, how many athletes do you see using protective eyewear to prevent injury or to protect their eyes from the sun?

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Fayiz Mahgoub
Associate Editor, Eye Care Technology and Vision Therapy for odsonfb.com. Dr. Fayiz Mahgoub is Chief Creative Officer for Defocus Media and a member of the National Optometric Association's Strategic Planning Committee as well as The Optical Foundation's Advisory Committee. In 2015 he founded the organization Young Leaders in Optometry to bring together the brightest young minds in optometry in order to explore new ways for young optometrists to grow professionally and contribute to the profession. Dr. Mahgoub enjoys sharing his thoughts on a variety of eye care topics as a contributing writer to Optometric Management Magazine, newgradoptometry.com, introwellness.com as well as host of the eye care technology podcast, VisionTECH with Fayiz Mahgoub.

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