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, the backbone of safety is put into play .One way to describe a comparison betweenhow hockey injuries and real-life situations co-exist is Ice Hockey and ridinga motor cycle, in this article it states, “both are increasingly popularactivities in the United States, and both are associated with high risks of headand facial injuries.
“(pg.) This statement sums up the jist of how to comparethis topic. One way to combat head injuries is using helmets. With In the pediatricstudy called “Hockey Helmets, Face Masks, and Injurious Behavior”, this articlegoes in depth on how certain factors that may contribute to injuriousbehaviors, and how the medical community can play a role in advocating changewithin the sport.
Within the journal, the two authors Tenna M. Murray and LoriA. Livingston heavily stress on the fact that “Reduction in incidence of headand face injuries with the use of mandatory protection” and “Contribution ofwearing head and facial protection to the development of players’ injuriousbehavior.” (Murray, Livingston) with these statements, which to most could beconfusing, but in all honesty, it explains that with the cost of voluntaryinvolvement of using helmets, it can be the best for a player to be able togrow and advance throughput his/her career, but is it the safe option? Evenwith the skater’s helmets being of concern, another player, the goalie, must bespeficily careful of his requirement since they are the only player that is onthe ice from the entire game. In the journal article “A comparison of the capacityof ice hockey goaltender masks for the protection from puck impacts”, theresearch that this study conducted showed that “A hybrid III head form wasfitted with four different goaltender masks and impacted with a hockey puck inthree locations at 25 m/s.
The masks were found to vary in the level ofprotection they offered as the mask with the thickest liner resulted in lowerforces than the thinnest mask for side impacts: however, the thinnest maskresulted in the lowest force for the front impacts…Despite performancedifferences at specific locations, no one mask proved to be superior as peakacceleration and peak force values did not exceed the thresholds necessary forconcussion.” () This only shows that regardless of what position you have onthe ice, either a forward or goalie, it should be considered that we must find strongerand more upgraded system to the safety of helmets, regardless of what positionthe individual is on. Leagues and manufacturers need to find a better saferalternative to the standards we have today and address these troubled areas onthe masks and helmets to ensure that the player is completely guaranteed thathis/her head, and overall body protection is safe.