To begin to amplify the spectrum ofincreasing the safety of players on the ice, and addition to information given,it is very importance that equipment, backbone of safety is put into play.
Oneway to describe a comparison between how hockey injuries and real-life situationsco-exist is Ice Hockey and riding a motor cycle, this article states, “both areincreasingly popular activities in the United States, and both are associatedwith high risks of head and facial injuries.”(pg.) This statement sums up thejist of how to compare this topic. One way to combat head injuries is usinghelmets. With In the pediatric study called “Hockey Helmets, Face Masks, andInjurious Behavior”, this article goes in depth on how certain factors that maycontribute to injurious behaviors, and how the medical community can play arole in advocating change within the sport. Within the journal, the two authorsTenna M.
Murray and Lori A. Livingston heavily stress on the fact that”Reduction in incidence of head and face injuries with the use of mandatoryprotection” and “Contribution of wearing head and facial protection to thedevelopment of players’ injurious behavior.” (Murray, Livingston) with thesestatements, which to most could be confusing, but in all honesty, it explainsthat with the cost of voluntary involvement of using helmets, it can be thebest for a player to be able to grow and advance throughput his/her career, butis it the safe option? Even with the skater’s helmets being of concern, anotherplayer, the goalie, must be speficily careful of his requirement since they arethe only player that is on the ice from the entire game. In the journal article”A comparison of the capacity of ice hockey goaltender masks for the protectionfrom puck impacts”, the research that this study conducted showed that “Ahybrid III head form was fitted with four different goaltender masks andimpacted with a hockey puck in three locations at 25 m/s.
The masks were foundto vary in the level of protection they offered as the mask with the thickestliner resulted in lower forces than the thinnest mask for side impacts:however, the thinnest mask resulted in the lowest force for the front impacts…Despiteperformance differences at specific locations, no one mask proved to besuperior as peak acceleration and peak force values did not exceed thethresholds necessary for concussion.” () This only shows that regardless ofwhat position you have on the ice, either a forward or goalie, it should be consideredthat we must find stronger and more upgraded system to the safety of helmets,regardless of what position the individual is on. Leagues and manufacturersneed to find a better safer alternative to the standards we have today andaddress these troubled areas on the masks and helmets to ensure that the playeris completely guaranteed that his/her head, and overall body protection issafe.