Boxing-related ocular injuries in the United States Army, 1980 to 1985

South Med J. 1989 May;82(5):547-9. doi: 10.1097/00007611-198905000-00003.


Boxing is a controversial sport in which neurologic and ocular injuries can be particularly devastating. Currently, competitive boxing is promoted throughout the military. Ocular injuries attributable to military boxing were studied as a subset of a larger study of boxing-related injuries. Ocular injuries occurred in 5% (22/401) of soldiers hospitalized for boxing-related trauma. The 22 patients with eye injuries spent an average of 8.1 days in the hospital and 17.8 days unfit for duty. Ocular injuries, on average, resulted in a longer hospitalization and disability than all other boxing injuries. One soldier was blind in one eye after complications from a ruptured globe.

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Boxing*
  • Eye Injuries / epidemiology
  • Eye Injuries / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Length of Stay
  • Male
  • Military Personnel*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • United States