To begin to amplify the spectrum of
increasing the safety of players on the ice, and in addition to the information
given, it is of utmost importance that equipment, the backbone of safety comes
into play. One way to describe a comparison between how hockey injuries and
real-life situations co-exist is Ice Hockey and riding a motorcycle, in this
article, it 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 list 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 the 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 by using
helmets, it can be the best for a player to be able to grow and advance throughout
his/her career, but is it the safe option? Even with the skater’s helmets being
of concern, another player, the goalie, must be specifically careful of their requirement
since they are the only player that is on the ice for 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 in specific locations, no one mask
proved to be superior as peak acceleration and peak force values did not exceed
the thresholds necessary for a 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 safe.