Safety

Polluted Air at Ice Rinks Is Dangerous to Athletes' Health

Attention hockey moms and dads: the air you and your children are breathing at the rink may be hazardous to your health. The culprit:  gas-, diesel- and propane-powered ice resurfacing machines which spew out a toxic stew of carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and particulate matter, all which can result in potentially serious short- and long-term health problems.

Body Checking Banned At Pee Wee Level

In June 2011, USA Hockey approved a rule banning body checking in youth hockey until the Bantam level (13-14 year olds) first proposed at the organization's winter meeting January 22-23) in Colorado Springs, Colorado..

Ice Hockey: Many Injuries are Preventable

As a full-contact sport that takes place on the ice with fast-moving players equipped with sticks, pucks and skate blades, ice hockey's risk for injury is always high. Concussions and many other serious hockey injuries are, however, preventable. In addition to altering the way they play the game, players can take prevention measures both before and during the season.

Return to Play issues

Concussions continue to be a big problem in contact sports including ice hockey. Our research data confirms that girls have a higher incidence of concussion than boys and like the medical experts say, we do not know why at this point. Youth hockey coaches need to continually remind players that head contact is off limits, referees need to enforce the rules and coaches.parents need to support the officials. There is a multi generational attitude that ignores the long term consequences of concussions, especially multiple injuries to a single player. We tell our players that the players on the other team are just kids like themselves and nobody wants to get hurt. Play hard, play fair, and go home. 

Increase in Ice Hockey Injuries Outpaces Participation Growth

According to new research, the doubling of the number of ice hockey players in the United States between 1990 and 2006 has come at a cost: a dramatic increase in the number of injuries serious enough to require a visit to a hospital emergency room, with the number of injuries outpacing participation growth.

Concussion Risk in Youth Ice Hockey Triples When Body-Checking Allowed

A Canadian study finding that the risk of concussion  in youth ice hockey leagues that allow body-checking is triple that in leagues that do not, is likely to fuel calls to extend the ban on body-checking to 11- and 12-year-olds playing at the Pee Wee level

Anticipating Body-Checks May Reduce Youth Ice Hockey Concussion Risk: Study

Teaching youth hockey players to anticipate collisions by using the "ready" position may reduce the risk of concussions in hockey, say the authors of a first-of-its-kind study of head impact severity among youth ice hockey players.  The study is reported in the June 2010 journal Pediatrics.

NHL Ban on Blindside Hits Deserves Ringing of Cow Bell

If you have been following ice hockey, as I have been this year, you probably know that the sport has a concussion problem, more specifically a head-hunting problem.

Concussion Knowledge Needed In Minor League Hockey

A Canadian study of minor league hockey found that serious misconceptions existed among players, athletes, coaches and parents when it came to understanding the signs and symptoms of concussion and its treatment. 

Second Impact Syndrome, Though Rare, Poses Catastrophic Risk To Concussed High School Athletes

Second-impact syndrome occurs when a high school athlete who sustains a head injury - often a concussion or worse injury, such as a cerebral contusion (bruised brain) - sustains a second head injury before symptoms associated with the first injury have cleared. The condition, while rare, causes a sharp increase in intracranial pressure that is almost always fatal, says Dr. Robert Cantu.
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