To begin to amplify the spectrum of
increasing 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. One
way to describe a comparison between how hockey injuries and real-life situations
co-exist is Ice Hockey and riding a motor cycle, this article states, “both are
increasingly popular activities in the United States, and both are associated
with high risks of head and facial injuries.”(pg.) This statement sums up the
jist of how to compare this topic. One way to combat head injuries is using
helmets. With In the pediatric study called “Hockey Helmets, Face Masks, and
Injurious Behavior”, this article goes in depth on how certain factors that may
contribute to injurious behaviors, and how the medical community can play a
role in advocating change within the sport. Within the journal, the two authors
Tenna M. Murray and Lori A. Livingston heavily stress on the fact that
“Reduction in incidence of head and face injuries with the use of mandatory
protection” and “Contribution of wearing head and facial protection to the
development of players’ injurious behavior.” (Murray, Livingston) with these
statements, which to most could be confusing, but in all honesty, it explains
that with the cost of voluntary involvement of using helmets, it can be the
best for a player to be able to grow and advance throughput his/her career, but
is it the safe option? Even with the skater’s helmets being of concern, another
player, the goalie, must be speficily careful of his requirement since they are
the 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 protection
from puck impacts”, the research that this study conducted showed that “A
hybrid III head form was fitted with four different goaltender masks and
impacted with a hockey puck in three locations at 25 m/s. The masks were found
to vary in the level of protection they offered as the mask with the thickest
liner resulted in lower forces than the thinnest mask for side impacts:
however, the thinnest mask resulted in the lowest force for the front impacts…Despite
performance differences at specific locations, no one mask proved to be
superior as peak acceleration and peak force values did not exceed the
thresholds necessary for concussion.” () This only shows that regardless of
what position you have on the ice, either a forward or goalie, it should be considered
that we must find stronger and more upgraded system to the safety of helmets,
regardless of what position the individual is on. Leagues and manufacturers
need to find a better safer alternative to the standards we have today and
address these troubled areas on the masks and helmets to ensure that the player
is completely guaranteed that his/her head, and overall body protection is